• Michelle Ostrove


You've likely had days when your voice sounds excessively husky, raspy or weak. You may have even lost your voice for a short time due to a cold, virus, vocal strain, infection, irritation, etc. This is called laryngitis and your vocal cords and voice box (larynx) have become inflamed and irritated. The swelling of the cords causes distortion of sound or complete loss of your voice.

Here are some things you can do to help relieve and heal the strain:

1. Breathe moist air; you can use a humidifier or inhale steam from a bowl of hot water. The steam from a hot shower always helps.

2. Rest your voice as much as possible. Try to avoid talking or singing; avoid whispering, this puts more strain on your voice than normal speaking. And make sure you drink plenty of fluids (avoid caffeine or alcohol).

3. Gargling with salt water helps, also use lozenges to moisten the throat. Avoid clearing your throat. This action irritates your vocal cords. Throat Coat is an amazing tea (also comes in a spray) that helps soothe the throat and avoid decongestants.


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