A Pollen Allergy: Symptoms of a Sore Throat

A sore throat is discomfort, pain or swelling in the throat, according to MedlinePlus. A pollen allergy causes the hormone, histamine, to be released in the body, causing inflammation and irritation in the throat. Once the throat swells, it becomes increasingly sensitive and agitated. The best treatment for a sore throat from a pollen allergy is to avoid pollen exposure and treat the allergic reaction with an antihistamine, according to National Jewish Health. If a sore throat persists, seek medical advice, as it may be sign of a more serious condition. Begin treating a sore throat at the first signs and symptoms.

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Throat Discomfort

Throat discomfort is the most common symptom of a sore throat from a pollen allergy, according to the Eyes, Nose and Throat Specialists of Corpus Christi. The throat is irritated by the allergen, creating a scratchy feeling. If left untreated, the throat can become swollen, affecting a person's ability to swallow food and saliva. The discomfort can turn to pain and affect the voice box. Throat irritation from a pollen allergy can leave the throat susceptible to a secondary infection, such as strep throat, according to MedlinePlus.

Postnasal Drip

Postnasal drip is a common symptom of a pollen allergy, according to the American Academy of Otolaryngology. A pollen allergy causes the sinuses to overproduce mucus, leading to excessive drainage in the back of the throat. The mucus can accumulate, causing throat irritation. If the mucus remains in the throat for an extended period of time, it can encourage the growth of bacteria, leading to an infection. If a sore throat is accompanied with thick, dark yellow-colored mucus, talk with a doctor. This may be a sign of a secondary infection.

Hoarseness and Wheezing

A sore throat from a pollen allergy can lead to hoarseness and wheezing, according to MedlinePlus. As the throat becomes increasingly irritated, the larynx, or the voice box, is directly affected, causing hoarseness. Hoarseness is characterized by a scratchy voice and the inability of the sufferer to make clear and precise sounds. Wheezing may develop as a result of a sore throat from a pollen allergy. This can be a combination of throat irritation and asthmatic reactions. Wheezing is a high-pitched sound made by restriction in the airways. If wheezing is combined with restriction in breathing, the individual should seek medical attention.

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