My throat tickle dates from October 2008 and has been constant since. Sleeping is a real problem. I have had about two years of treatment covering all the causes recognised by the NHS in Britain. I am certain the tickle is related to a mucus discharge from my sinuses but I have also been treated for allergies, asthma and stomach reflux. Nothing makes any real difference.
I developed catarrh in April 1957 when, as a schoolboy, I was given a very damp room to sleep in. Having been previously completely free of catarrh, I awoke on the first morning in that room with a discharge from my nose that I thought unreal -- or rather, it was ‘reel’ -- I was reeling a continuous fat thread of yellow mucus from my nose for days and weeks until the summer brought some diminution to the rate of discharge. I have never been free of catarrh since (i.e. since 1957) and I am sure that the tickle I have experienced since Oct 2008 is related to this chronic condition.
The tickle started when I caught a bad cold, in Oct 2008, involving much coughing which may have sensitized my throat to the mucus flowing down it. In any event, since that cold I have had a continuous tickle in my throat. When I first awake in the morning (assuming I have been to sleep at all that night!), my mouth is dry and coated with mucus but I do not have a tickle. The tickle, however, soon returns once I am in a vertical position and gravity takes control of the flow of mucus down my throat again.
Medications appear not to help but I do now use a non-prescription anaesthetic spray applied to the back of the throat --it may help me sleep but not tonight. Can anyone help?