THE FACTS ON THROAT AND EAR ALLERGY SYMPTOMS CAN BE HARD TO SWALLOW
How allergies affect the ears and throat (particularly the throat) really depends on what’s causing the allergy in the first place. Symptoms can range from an annoying itch (throat and ears) to allergic cough. Read on to learn about allergies and how they affect the throat and ears.
WHAT CAUSES THROAT AND EAR ALLERGY SYMPTOMS?
Pollen allergy (i.e., seasonal allergies)
Allergies to pollen can cause itching of the roof of the mouth, back of the throat, and the ears (in addition to other symptoms).
Hay fever & allergic cough
When people suffer from hay fever (aka, seasonal allergic rhinitis), their itchy, runny nose can produce a mucus that drips down the nasal passages to the back of the throat. Substances in the mucus irritate the throat and make them cough.
Allergies to dust (e.g., dust mites, animal dander, and mold spores) can cause the roof of the mouth to itch; they can also cause an itchy, scratchy throat.
HOW TO RELIEVE AN ITCHY THROAT
Temporary symptomatic relief of an itchy throat is possible with some at-home remedies, but it is possible to get longer, 24-hour symptom relief with an antihistamine.
WHAT ARE EAR AND THROAT ALLERGY SYMPTOMS?
Ear and throat allergy symptoms vary depending on the cause of the allergy, but may include:
- Itchy throat or roof of the mouth
- Itchy ears
- A cough caused by mucus dripping down the throat