This refers to household dust which does not bother most people but for some can be a source of real irritation. These people often suffer an allergy to dust which causes a sore throat amongst other symptoms.

Dust is present everywhere including your house –in spite of your efforts to keep it clean, and most of the time we do not even notice it. But we are constantly inhaling dust particles into our mouths and throats which can cause irritation.

When dust gets into the throat it has the effect of drying it out which makes it difficult to swallow as well as causing you to cough. But coughing is beneficial in that it helps to clear any dust or debris from your throat. Sneezing tends to help as well.

Dust allergy

This is a common type of allergy which can affect anyone, regardless of their age. Inhaling just a small amount of dust will result in the following reaction:

  • Runny nose (which drips down the back of the throat)
  • Dry throat
  • Watery eyes
  • Rash
  • Sinusitis (in severe cases)

This reaction varies between individuals. If you have a dust allergy then you may experience some or all of these symptoms and to a different extent.

Once you are aware of the severity of your symptoms and the triggers for your allergy you can take steps to treat it. This includes using a warm water gargle, taking anti-histamines or purchasing a humidifier to increase moisture in the air.

A humidifier will prevent the air from becoming dry and exacerbating your symptoms.

Is it possible to prevent dust irritating your throat?

It is impossible to stop yourself inhaling all types of dust but there are a few measures you can adopt to reduce the risk. These also apply if you suffer from a dust allergy.

These include undertaking a thorough clean of your house on a regular basis ensuring that dust and pet fur (another source of allergies) is removed. This means vacuuming and dusting as often as you can to prevent any build up of dust.

If you are having any building work done in your house or are undertaking any DIY then wear a protective dust mask. This will prevent you from inhaling any dust.

A dust allergy can be controlled very easily without the need for medical treatment.

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