Laryngitis is the loss of the voice, or severe hoarseness, resulting from inflammation of the larynx, or voice box.
The most common cause of short-term laryngitis is an upper respiratory infection, or a virus.
What Else Causes Laryngitis
The second most common cause if overuse of the voice, such as screaming and yelling at last night’s big game. Chronic laryngitis is often due to smoking. Laryngitis may also be caused by a bacterial infection and require antibiotic treatment. Another cause you might not be aware of is gastro esophageal reflux.
Common symptoms of laryngitis include:
- Urge to clear the throat
- Tickle in the throat
- Scratchy throat
- Sore throat
Laryngitis Home Remedies
If you are experiencing short-term laryngitis, the following tips can help.
1. Drink water and juice.
Keep your throat hydrated by taking frequent sips of water or juice.
2. Drink decaffeinated tea with lemon.
A cup of warm decaffeinated tea is soothing to the throat and lemon helps to stimulate the flow of saliva.
3. Take ibuprofen or acetaminophen
If laryngitis is due to a viral infection, ibuprofen or acetaminophen can help to ease symptoms.
4. Rest your voice.
Limit conversation and give your larynx a rest.
5. Suck on lemon drops.
Lemon stimulates saliva, keeping the mouth moist.
6. Try dry mouth products.
Over the counter such as Aqua Drops Hydrating Mints and Biotene OralBalance Dry Mouth Moisturizing Liquid provide instant relief for dry mouth.
7. Suck on lemon drops or other sour candy.
Sucking on lemon drops or other types of sour candy stimulate saliva, keeping the mouth and throat moist.
8. Stop smoking.
If you can’t stop completely, at least quit until your throat heals. As an alternative, try smokeless cigarettes, which will cause less irritation to your throat.
9. Speak softly, but avoid whispering.
Whispering actually puts more strain on the throat.
10. Avoid caffeine and alcohol.
The caffeine, in coffee, tea and cola will dehydrate you, as will alcoholic beverages.
11. Use a humidifier.
Plug in the humidifier to put moisture into the air.
12. Breathe in steam.
Take a hot, steamy shower, or breathe steam from the teapot, or a pan of boiling water.
13. Gargle with salt water.
Stir about ½ teaspoon of salt into a cup of warm water and gargle. It soothes the throat.
14. Avoid dusty environments.
Dust can further irritate the throat.
15. Enjoy a warm bowl of soup.
The warmth is comforting to the throat, and the soup, as well as the steam from the bowl, provides needed moisture.
While most laryngitis is only temporary and more irritating than anything else, persistent hoarseness or voice loss could be serious. If hoarseness or voice loss lasts more than 72 hours, if you are running a fever that won’t break, have trouble breathing, or feel as if something is caught in your throat, it’s important to see your doctor. Otherwise, these laryngitis home remedies will have you talking again very soon.
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