There are many indoor air quality issues that that could be affecting your health. Identifying the cause is the first step toward receiving the right treatment and avoiding any triggers.
Possible causes of a sore throat include tobacco smoke, air pollution, and allergic reactions.
Second-hand smoke comes from the burning end of a cigarette, cigar, or pipe and the smoke that a smoker exhales. The smoke contains nicotine and many other harmful chemicals. Breathing second-hand smoke can cause or worsen health problems including cancer, asthma, coronary artery disease, and respiratory infections. It can make your eyes and nose burn and cause a sore throat.
Smog and air pollution are common in larger cities and in areas near industrial factories or power plants. Breathing in smog or air pollution has similar health consequences to inhaling smoke from a cigarette. Inhaling smog on hot days can be particularly harmful.
People who breathe in polluted air may experience symptoms such as:
- pain in the chest
- a sore throat
- other asthma symptoms
Allergens are substances that cause an allergic reaction. Allergens can include foods, pollen, and chemicals in cleaning products or cosmetics, for example.
People with seasonal allergies may notice lasting throat irritation during warm months and other times when the pollen count is high.
A person allergic to an airborne substance such as pollen, grass, or mildew may experience any of the following symptoms when exposed to the allergen:
- itchy eyes
- a runny nose
- coughing and sneezing
- watery eyes
- postnasal drip
Source: Medical News Today