The desert is a tough climate. Its dry, dusty, hot air will do a number on your throat, sinuses and eyes. During a trip to Las Vegas, you will inevitably experience what is known as “Vegas throat”. It can ruin an exciting vacation and make you feel lousy. There are a few simple remedies and cures for Vegas throat, however, that can alleviate the symptoms and save your vacation.
What is “Vegas Throat”?
Vegas throat – or sometimes called Vegas cough – is the irritation caused by the desert climate of Las Vegas; it could come in the form of a sore, dry throat; itchy, stinging eyes or maybe a bloody nose. The arid atmosphere can cause problems for the respiratory system as well as the eyes.
This article cites the main cause of Vegas throat as the lack of humidity in the air. Other contributing factors are the high levels of dust, pollution and pollen. Be careful in casinos as well, smoking, being exposed to smoke and consuming alcohol can worsen the symptoms by drying out the mucus membranes.
The symptoms of Vegas throat are similar to having a cold or allergies. Post nasal drip, scratchy throat, loss of voice, coughing, having to clear your throat often, bloody nose, stinging eyes, itchy nasal passages and a feeling of being “hungover” are all symptoms of this condition.
Simple Cures for Vegas Throat
I’ve read other articles on Vegas throat remedies and many suggest to do what you’d do for a cold: drink lots of water, use saline nasal spray, use a humidifier and suck on throat lozenges.
During my very first trip to Vegas, I got a terrible case of Vegas throat. I felt run down, I constantly had a tickle in my nose, my throat was dry and scratchy, I was having trouble breathing and I was getting bad nose bleeds. It really was not fun.
Using a humidifier wasn’t a viable option since I was staying in a hotel. I tried the other suggestions and they helped a little. I knew the major issue was the lack of humidity in the air, so I got to thinking of some creative ways to fix it.
Leave a thin layer of water in the tub with the door open. Usually when I’d come back after the maid cleaned, I’d close the drain on the tub, fill the bottom with about an inch or so of water and leave the shower curtain and bathroom door open. This helped create a bit more moisture in the air.
Leave wet towels and clothes out. After taking a shower or coming back from the pool, I’d lay the wet towel or bathing suit on the back of a chair. Much like the tub solution, this would help create a little more humidity.
Place a wet towel over your face while you sleep. I found this to be extremely helpful, just make sure you don’t suffocate yourself.
Avoid dairy! Dairy causes all sorts of problems with the mucus in the nose and mouth, it’s best to avoid it altogether.
Drink hot tea with honey. Honey is said to soothe an itchy throat and hot tea is a great way to get some temporary relief from nasal and throat issues – use them together and you’ll feel great.
Take a steam shower. This always offered me instant relief. A nice, hot shower will open up the nasal passages and the steam will soothe the dry, irritated lining of the nose and throat.
If all else fails, try a travel humidifier. These are some quick, easy cures for Vegas throat that have helped me during my time in Las Vegas. Feel free to share your home remedies below.
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