Q: Grandma, I have an itchy throat for quite some time now. My voice gets husky to a point that it’s heard to speak even in a low voice. It’s very dry and irritated most time of the day. I’d really appreciate your sound advice.
A: Dear N, Generally, you just have to let sore throats run their course especially when the cause is excessive talking or shouting. Voice rest is all you need. They go away in due time not unless there is bacterial infection. The most common in this case is streptococcal infection.
The good news is that the symptoms such as pain, itchiness, and painful swallowing can be relieved with safe home remedies. Here are a few of the most effective home remedies for irritated and dry throat:
HOME REMEDIES FOR IRRITATED AND DRY THROAT
1. Mouthwash – Use mouthwash to rinse the mouth and to kill the bacteria. Then, mix and heat up water, lemon juice, and honey. Let it cool and take small sips to relax the throat. 
2. Peppermint Oil – Using your finger, apply some of it on the back of your throat. Rub it gently. Feel the soothing relief after a few minutes.
3. Honey – Take a teaspoon of honey. It can soothe the soreness of the throat.
4. Ginger Tea with Lemon – This combination is an age-old treatment for common cold that brings in soreness of the throat.
5. Baking Soda Gargle – Make a baking soda solution by dissolving one-half teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of warm water. Use this as a gargle. 
6. Humidifier – Keep the throat moist by staying in a room that runs a cool-mist vaporizer or humidifier. The moisture in the air helps keep the air from becoming too dry. This prevents the drying of the throat lining. If there is no humidifier in your room, placing a bowl of water on the heating vent or radiator of the heating system each night is a good alternative.
7. Salt water Gargle – Mix 1 teaspoon of salt into a pint of warm water. Use this as a gargle. Do not use more concentrated solution as this can dry out the throat exacerbating the condition. Done correctly, this gargle can soothe and moisturize the dry linings of your throat. An alternative is using the regular mouthwash. 
8. Coat your throat – You can do this by sucking on hard lozenges or cough drops. These candies can coat the throat, thus reducing the lining’s irritation and dryness. Sucking lozenges can stimulate the production of saliva that can help in smootha movement of the irritating mucus out of the throat.
9. Numb your throat – If your throat is sore but not really dry, suck on a Popsicle or ice cubes to numb your throat. This will diminish the pain.
10. Lemon Tea with Honey – This is another classic. A cup of hot tea with lemon and glazed with honey is another traditional drink for sore throat especially when caused by common cold.
11. Jalapenos – Eating jalapenos can stimulate the production of saliva. Wash it down with cold water to feel the relief.
12. Apple Cider Vinegar – Its acidity help soothe the throat. Mix one part of apple cider vinegar with an equal part of honey. To make it easier to take, add water. 
13. Stay Hydrated – Drink not less than 8 glasses of water a day. You can also increase fluids by taking warm liquids like soup, broth, warm water and herbal tea.
14. Vitamin C – This boosts the immune system that is necessary to fight bacteria and viruses naturally. Squeeze orange or other citrus in warm water as a natural source of Vitamin C.
15. Quit Smoking and Alcohol – If the cause of throat irritation is either alcohol or smoking, the best remedy is to quit these vices.