Get Your Voice Back Naturally

Losing your voice can be frustrating. Whether it’s hoarse, weak and raspy or completely gone, it can be a hassle. Thanfully, laryngitis is most often a temporary problem lasting up to two weeks. Laryngitis is the result of inflammation or swelling of the larynx or voicebox. It is commonly caused by colds and coughs, heartburn, smoking or being exposed to cigarette smoke, and over use.

What are the symptoms of laryngitis?

  • Pain specifically around the voice box
  • Hoarseness
  • Raspiness
  • Loss of vocal range
  • Vocal exhaustion
  • Scratchiness or itchiness in the throat

Can I prevent laryngitis?

The best way to prevent laryngitis is to rest your voice. Don’t scream and yell at sporting events or at amusement parks. Many of the treatments listed below can also help to prevent laryngitis if you have strained your voice.

  • Cut out caffeine as it dehydrates you.
  • Keep the throat moist by using artificial saliva products.
  • Don’t whisper, speak softly.
  • Try not to talk; limit conversation as much as possible to rest the vocal cords.
  • Don’t clear your throat; this increases the irritation and inflammation.
  • Stop smoking and avoid smokers. Smoking aggravates the throat.
  • Avoid dust and add moisture to the air; keep your throat moist.

If the hoarseness lasts for more than 72 hours seek medical attention as there may be something serious wrong with your larynx.

How can I treat laryngitis?

  • Make a saltwater gargling solution with 1/2 teaspoon salt dissolved in 1 cup of warm water and gargled three times a day. Do NOT use extra salt as this will increase irritation.
  • Make a vinegar gargle to kill off viruses and bacteria in your mouth that might take advantage of your weakened throat. Mix equal parts vinegar and water and gargle up to four times a day.
  • Try a lemon-salt water gargle. Lemon stimulates saliva flow and kills viruses and bacteria. Mix the juice of a whole lemon with a pinch of salt and ad 1 teaspoon of the mixture to 1 cup of warm water. Then gargle up to 4 times a day.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water often.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Enjoy some garlic; garlic is full of allicin which kills bacteria.
  • Try some candied ginger or ginger tea; ginger soothes inflamed mucous membranes.
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