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Is it possible to get a sore throat from sucking ice?

by Vee (follow)
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Do you think it's possible to get a sore throat from sucking ice or having ice in your drink, or is this just an old wives' tale?

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To me, this sounds ridiculous. I don't think that sucking on ice can cause one's throat to nearly close up. Perhaps ice may irritate some people's throats but I don't think having ice can make a person sick. It sounds like an old wives' tale to me.
by Vee
It sounds a bit silly to me as they give you ice in hospital for many reasons. Surely the hospital, of all places, would know the score on this. I will say that I don't like cold things and ice can make my throat ache . . . but that is due to the coldness and is not a lingering thing.
by Rice
There is a line of thought having cold food items can increase your chances of suffering from sore throat.
Only because cold foods cause congestion of the respiratory mucosa, which is a protective layer covering the respiratory lining , which acts as defense mechanism against infections.

When this mucosa gets shrinks it exposes the respiratory lining to possible infectious agents, making it easier for viruses and bacteria to attack it.

It has happened to me more than once! :(

Interesting. Perhaps there is merit in Dad's assertion.
by Vee
by jonaja
Infected water?
Don't have tap water, or ice cubes, in Adelaide, or many other parts of the world!
Don't eat salads in third world countries'.
I haven't heard this one before. It seems absurd. Sucking ice is good for a sore throat as it numbs the pain. Bacteria causes a sore throat. Specifically, streptococcus. The only way then, that ducking ice could cause a sore throat is if bacteria was already in the water when it was frozen to make the ice. I have had to suck ice at hospital before today, when my stomach couldn't tolerate solids foods for a week. I never got a sore throat. They wouldn't suggest I suck ice if it would make me sicker surely. In those who are immuno suppressed its possible. If the ice is kept on the same side, or you suck large quantities of ice, the mucosal layer could swell and become friable, and start to break down. This would leave ports of entry for any resident bacteria. It wouldn't be a common scenario, but it is possible, in immuno suppressed individuals.
I wouldn't of thought so as I had heart surgery a number of years ago and when I woke up in special care ward (after heart surgery) I had two nurses feeding me small slithers of ice cubes to prevent my throat becoming sore after having a breathing pipe removed from my throat while I had been under anaesthetic.
The ice was to keep the throat from becoming sore.
Only if the ice is dirty.
I have never heard of this though have heard of a sore head!
by Finy
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