How to treat Laryngitis?
We are not all Pavarotti or Beyonce, and our jobs don't depend on our voice, however it is no walk in the park having a raspy or hoarse voice. So, below are a few tips on how to treat laryngitis and get that “melodious” voice of yours back in no time!
The larynx is your voice box, an inflammation of it is what causes laryngitis. It can be a short-term condition or in few cases a chronic ailment. On the short cases, when it does come it appears quickly and doesn’t last more than 2 weeks. If it lasts more than two weeks it is best to check with a specialist and see what may be the causes. The common causes of laryngitis are the flu, acid reflux, overuse of your voice (you know… the next morning after your favorite artist’s concert or your favorite team in the playoffs?), irritation product of allergies and smoking.
Here is how to treat laryngitis:
- In most cases, home care is enough, but it is always good to check with your health provider first before self prescribing any remedy.
- Rest your voice. Try not to talk unless it’s necessary.
- Drink plenty of fluids, at room temperature, cold drink could make it worse.
- Use a vaporizer or humidifier to create a moist environment in the air.
- Avoid smoking and stay away from smokers.
- Drink a cup of warm water with honey and lemon zest. It eases any soreness and tastes good.
If this is not a chronic but reoccurring issue then it might be an issue with the way you talk or sing. In which case it would be best to consult with a speech trainer and a doctor. Chronic laryngitis needs further study for a proper diagnosis and treatment, surgery may be recommended if the vocal cords have been damaged.
Remember, always check first with your doctor if any of these remedies are good for you.