My throat is dry during the entire day, since weeks. There is no pain, fever or itching. Just dry throat that makes me swallow saliva quite often (sometimes I have to hawk). I double checked my sleep conditions with my wife - she says my nose is perfectly clear and I do breathe with closed mouth. Since my throat is dry during all day including before going to sleep (and I consciously know that I'm breathing with nose), I don't think the cause is a sleep problem. It's the opposite: my throat condition causes severe sleep problems. If I forget to swallow salive, a thick mucus slowly builds (perhaps as a body defense to dry throat) and then I try to swallow to avoid hawking, but many times I end up hawking (during intense periods, I hawk once per 20 seconds). If I let mucus build, eventually I have to cough voluntarily. But during sleep, since I'm unconscious, I wake up many times with drowing sensation and severe coughing. Sometimes during day, I'm calm and unaware of any condition, then I need to speak and my voice sounds hoarse, and I become aware of mucus and have to hawk before proceeding with the speech.
I have allergic asthma and rhinits on dust, but they are under control with preventive drugs. I also have gastric reflux, so I avoid triggering foods. I don't eat spice, nor soda, and only drink a small cup of coffee per period (one at morning, one at afternoon, etc).
The wake up and coughing events are letting my entire family scared. I already have a doctor appointment, but I just can't wait until it. If you can give me any information help relieve symptoms, my family will be totally thankful.
Asked On : Mon, 1 Apr 2013