Thursday, October 28, 2010

Laryngitis Tips

Laryngitis is an infection or irritation of the voice box (larynx).  The most common cause is a viral infection.
It causes hoarse voice or the complete loss of the voice because of irritation to the vocal folds (vocal cords)

  • Hoarseness
  • Loss of voice
  • Urge to constantly clear your throat
  • Fever
  • Tiredness
  • Throat pain
  • Cough
  • Viral infections such as a cold
  • Allergies
  • Excessive talking
  • Excessive singing
  • Excessive yelling
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Backflow (reflux) of stomach acid into the throat
  • Heavy drinking or smoking can lead to chronic laryngitis
  • Laryngitis is often caused by a virus or by bacteria.

Prevention and Home Treatment
  • Rest your voice. Talk as little as possible.
  • Stop shouting.
  • Do not whisper as whispering is harder on your vocal chords than talking.
  • Avoid clearing your throat.
  • If hoarseness is caused by a cold, treat the cold.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Avoid others who are smoking.
  • Humidify your bedrooms or whole house, if possible.
  • Stay hydrated, drink plenty of liquids; water, orange juice, etc. Drink 8 to 12 glasses of water per day.
  • To soothe your throat, gargle with warm salt water ( 1 teaspoon of salt in 8 ounces of water), or drink weak team or hot water with honey.
  • Ibuprofen and aspirin may help alleviate fever and some of the discomfort associated with laryngitis.
  • Avoid speaking when possible. Speak softly, but do not whisper.
  • Drink warm liquids such as tea or a honey-lemon drink.

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