Why Does Your Throat Feel So Tight?

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June 15, 2024
If your throat feels tight all of a sudden, do not panic or give in to it. This issue may be due to allergy, anxiety or health problems related to thyroid. The lumpy feeling in your throat may be constant or come in the form of episodes ranging from mild to severe. Usually, this closing up of your throat does not necessarily indicate anything serious. However, we must not take it lightly either.

Symptoms of Tightness in Throat

It all boils down to why your throat feels so tight; however, these signs are quite common under all circumstances:

  • Sore throat
  • Burning sensation in the throat
  • Swollen or closed-up throat area
  • Difficulty in swallowing
  • Lumpy feeling in your throat

Tightness In Throat – Causes And Treatments

Here are some reasons why your throat might be closing up:

  1. Allergies
    It is common for the throat lining (opening of the esophagus) to inflame due to dust, pet dander, or smoke.
    Treatment: Often, antihistamines and decongestants are enough to manage allergy symptoms and reduce throat irritation.
  2. Dry Air
    It is common for air to lose moisture during winter or in climates where it is generally hot. This loss dries out your oral tissues as well, leading to a scratchy, tight feeling of the throat.
    Treatment: A humidifier can serve as a good tool to add moisture to the air, soothing dry throat tissues. Additionally, saline nasal sprays can be useful for additional relief.
  3. Postnasal Drip
    It is common for your throat to have a scratchy and closed up feeling when excess mucus drips down the back. This usually happens from a cold, allergies, or sinus infection, irritating the passageway.
    Treatment: Treat the underlying cause and set yourself free from the agony. Nasal decongestants and saline irrigation can help.
  4. Acid Reflux (GERD)
    Stomach acids refluxing into the esophagus burn and irritate the throat, making it itchy, uncomfortable, and tight.
    Treatment: Lifestyle modifications like steering clear of trigger foods and overeating can help. Along with that, medications like antacids or acid reducers help manage GERD.
  5. Muscle Tension
    Try not to strain your voice from either overuse, yelling, or chronic. Let your throat muscles relax and stay normal.
    Treatment: Do not talk; use warm compresses and gentle throat stretches.
  6. Medications
    Sometimes medications like decongestants and those for blood pressure make your throat dry as a side effect and cause tightness.
    Treatment: You can ask your doctor to change the medication that is causing this issue as many alternatives are present.
  7. Thyroid Issues
    An underactive thyroid leads to a hoarse voice and this issue. You can use medications that can help regulate hormones.
    Treatment: Medication to regulate thyroid hormone levels can alleviate these symptoms.
  8. Tumors
    In rare cases, a tumor in the throat or esophagus can cause a persistent feeling of tightness.
    Treatment: A biopsy will be needed to diagnose the type of tumor, and treatment options will vary depending on the specific diagnosis.

Tips to Find Relief

While medical intervention is the right way to go, you should make some changes in your lifestyle as well for relief:

  • Increase Hydration: Drink plenty of water and warm liquids (broth, tea) to soothe your dry, irritated throat.
  • Warm Saltwater Gargle: Gargling with warm salt solution water helps reduce inflammation and eliminates the presence of bacteria, if any.
  • Lozenges: Sucking on sugar-free lozenges promotes salivary production. This moistens the throat and gets rid of dry mouth.
  • Rest: Give your voice a rest, avoid yelling, and whisper if necessary.

Connect with Your Primary Care Doctor

Closing Note

We hope that you now know what might be causing your throat to close up and can take measures accordingly. If you want to learn more about this, contact our expert, Dr. Rajesh Maheshwari, MD, at Lathrop Urgent Care Clinic. Our competent team is waiting to serve you. Call (209) 983-9000 to connect with us.

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