Q. Are my throat and nose symptoms an allergic reaction to pollution and industrial gases?

Answered by
Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Sep 15, 2017 and last reviewed on: May 22, 2023

Hi doctor,

I have had throat and nose problems for a year. My throat becomes dry while walking, I feel discomfort while breathing, and I have tiny red spots on the roof of my mouth. These spots become very painful whenever I get a throat infection, which I get twice a year during season change. I do not have a cough, sneezing, or bronchitis. My nose is sensitive to smell and pollution. Blood tests like CBC, liver profile, urine tests, lung function test, x-ray, etc., are all normal. Is this an allergic reaction to pollution or industrial gases?



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By the information you provided, it appears you have some chronic inflammation, which is occasionally worsened by season change or allergy. I suggest you:

  1. Wear a mask whenever you go outside.
  2. While walking, there might be an increased demand for air, which makes you breathe through the mouth and it gets dry. Try to drink plenty of water.
  3. We also need to check if your thyroid status is within the normal level.
  4. I would also advise you try taking tablet Septilin, once daily for a couple of months, especially during season change. This medicine helps build immunity and reduce chances of infection.
  5. I would suggest you get a nasal endoscopy, to rule out deviated nasal septum, that might be causing nose block and mouth breathing.
  6. Please attach a photograph of the spots in your mouth. Do you have diabetes, hypertension, or any other chronic diseases?
  7. Do take plenty of green leafy vegetables, and during a sore throat, citrus fruits and drinks are best avoided.
  8. Industrial gasses and pollution do cause dryness of oral and respiratory mucosa and cause discomfort. Having air conditioner at very low temperature can also cause dryness and crusting.

Hope this helps you.

Hi doctor,

Thank you for replying. I do not have diabetes or hypertension. There is no inflammation of the throat. I only have borderline hyperlipidemia, for which I am taking tablet Abana and cod liver oil. Now my cholesterol is below 200. I do not have any chronic diseases, no nasal congestion, obstruction, and no sinus problem. I had Fexofenadine and Montelukast, four months back for seven days, for a throat infection. I have attached a photograph of the spots in my mouth.



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I have seen the picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity).

  • The spots appear harmless unless accompanied by pain, difficulty in swallowing, or burning sensation.
  • I would also suggest Mucaine gel (combination of oxethazaine and alumina gel), to remove any irritation and soothe the area. The spots becoming painful during an acute attack is normal.
  • However, the pictures do not show the tonsillar area. If you could send pictures showing the tonsils, palate, and uvula, it will be very helpful to ascertain the cause of the recurrent throat pain.
  • I suggest you take some multivitamins for a month, like Septilin. And please avoid spicy and oily foods.

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