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Throat irritation

About 5 days ago I started getting a little tickle in the back of my throat.  No big deal as I expected to just get a sore throat and be done with it.  No such luck.  It just stays irritated and when I eat tends to make it act up.  Also if I smell things that are rather strong it makes it feel irritated and I dry cough.  My throat is red but lymphs are not swollen.  My ear also hurts off and on.  Is this allergies?  Acid reflux?  (I am prone to both) but neither have made my throat feel this way before.  
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Hello and hope you are doing well.

Repeated episodes of dry cough, runny nose and throat irritation could most probably be due to allergens. These are substances like pollen, dust, animal dander, certain foods, insect venoms and certain medications. Exposure to allergens causes a runny nose with a resultant post nasal drip where secretions from the nose go backward into the throat and irritate causing cough. Cough is a protective mechanism by the body as it helps to prevent infections. You will need to consult your primary care physician for proper clinical assessment. In the meantime for relief from your symptoms you could do warm salt gargles and take OTC antihistamines.

Hope this helped and do keep us posted.
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1778927 tn?1381878747
Thank you for the advice.  I will setup an appointment as now I am getting hoarse often.  I will keep all you updated :)
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