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Table 4 Descriptors consistently used by respondents to indicate how their throat feels during periods of discomfort

From: Incidence, causes, severity and treatment of throat discomfort: a four-region online questionnaire survey

Cause of throat discomfort Descriptors
Common cold/influenza Hurts to swallow
Irritated
Dry
Other bacteria/virus Hurts to swallow
Inflamed
Irritated
Talking/shouting Painful to talk
Husky
Dry
Hot and dry indoor conditions Dry
Tickly
Irritated
Dust or other outdoor conditions Dry
Tickly
Irritated
Air conditioning Dry
Tickly
Irritated
Passive smoking or smoking Dry
Irritated
Tickly
Husky
Snoring Dry
Husky
Irritated
Sudden changes in temperature Hurts to swallow
Irritated
Tickly