Maybe you’re fighting a cold or the flu. Or perhaps you sang your heart out at a concert or cheered too loudly at a ballgame. Now you’re paying the price with laryngitis, an inflammation of your voice box (larynx) that causes your voice to become scratchy or hoarse or maybe even disappear completely. Most often, it comes on quickly and lasts no more than a couple of weeks. Here are simple ways to quickly recover your voice.
Rest your voice
If the cause of your laryngitis is too much yelling, talking or singing, give your vocal cords a break. Try not to talk. When you do, speak softly, but don’t whisper. Whispering puts more of a strain on your voice than talking does.
Drink plenty of fluids, especially warm ones like soups and teas, but skip alcohol and caffeine, which will dehydrate you.
Keep your throat moist
Suck on lozenges or sugar-free hard candy, or try chewing gum. The goal is to keep your throat from feeling even scratchier.
Inhale the steam from a hot shower or fill a bowl of hot water and put your head over the vapours. Try a warm or cold air humidifier or vaporizer to add moisture to the air in your home.
Try not to clear your throat
When your voice sounds funny and you feel tickling or scratching in your throat, it’s natural to want to try to cough and clear it out. But that won’t help and it might make things worse. If you have a cough with your laryngitis, try an over-the-counter cough medicine instead.
Soothe your throat throughout the day by gargling with 1/2 teaspoon of salt mixed in a glass of warm water. Don’t overdo the salt because that might make the irritation worse.
Add a teaspoon of honey to warm tea. Honey is often used to ease sore throats; it may help soothe laryngitis too. You can also mix lemon juice and honey, but some people argue that because lemon is acidic, it may make the irritation worse. It better you just avoid it.
By Damilola Faustino
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