Laryngitis, or dysphonia, as you are most likely aware is the inflammation of the larynx which leads to a hoarse voice, or even the complete loss of the voice due to irritation of the vocal chords. The condition can be acute (lasting around three days) or chronic lasting 3 weeks.
Treatment of laryngitis will usually involve treatment of a causative factor, which in turn is most likely to be an infection of some kind – such as the common cold. In other cases it may be the result of gastroesophageal reflux, in which case an antacid can help; or caused by excessive use of the vocal chords which might benefit from seeing a vocal coach.
Any of these treatments may take some time to be effective, and will not always be effective. Sometimes the recommended course of action is simply to rest the vocal chords and to wait for the pain and swelling to subside. In such cases though it can pay to use some kind of treatment to help ease the pain and discomfort. Here are some home remedies that can help you to do that:
Drink Lots of Water
Not only will this help to prevent your throat from becoming too dry and hoarse, it will also help you to flush any viral infection such as the flu out of your system. Carry a bottle of water with you and be sure to drink lots of water in continuous little sips.
Avoid Hot Tea and Coffee
Tea and coffee are dehydrating and at the same time the heat can be harsh on your throat.
If you have an asthma inhaler around the house then this works by letting your breath in corticosteroids. These are a kind of steroid that suppress the swelling aspect of the immune response and so can help you to address inflammation providing some potential respite.
Gargling with a mixture of salt and water can be a useful way to help combat infection and help speed up recovery.
To help keep your throat moist it’s important to keep the air around you moist. To this end it pays to have a humidifier on if you own one. Inhaling steam over a bowl of hot water might also help to both hydrate your throat and reduce swelling.
Warm Water and Honey
Warm water is a nice drink that’s easy to make and very soothing for a sore throat. The honey will coat your throat and act temporarily as a lubricant helping to prevent things from scratching your throat when it’s inflamed.
Most importantly rest your body and rest your voice. Avoid talking and certainly avoid shouting and note that in many ways whispering is just as bad or even worse than talking normally.
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