My Throat Always Feels Dry

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Dear Dr. Jahn,

I am a female singer – 25 years old. My medical mystery is that my throat always feels dry. The reason it is a mystery is that I drink 8 glasses of water a day and have been thoroughly tested for allergies. It appears that pollen, dust or any other allergies are NOT causing this condition. I often have to clear my throat and it feels sore after a lot of singing. Many thanks for your help,

– Asonaba

There are several things to consider. Are your eyes also dry? Do you have any autoimmune condition (like arthritis or thyroiditis)? I would check that out, although you’re a bit young for such disorders. Autoimmune diseases sometimes include Sjogren’s disease (dry mouth and eyes).

Next, look at any medications you’re taking. Many types of drugs (such as antihistamines, antidepressants etc.) can be drying. Do you have asthma? Some people using asthma inhalers (or taking frequent antibiotics) develop a low grade yeast infection of the throat. Do you breathe well through your nose? If your nose is blocked and you are a mouth breather, that can also cause dryness.

Consider also whether you have performance anxiety – this can also cause dryness, and can at times be controlled with a beta blocker. Anyhow, these are just some suggestions to consider. If it is a significant problem, you should see a physician.

-Anthony F. Jahn, MD, FACS, FRCS(C)

This discussion is for general information and not to be construed as specific medical advice that you should obtain from your own physician.

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