Lost your voice after a cold or flu? Well, you may deal with laryngitis, often known as hoarseness. Laryngitis occurs when the larynx (voice box) get inflamed. More precisely, when your vocal cords are swollen, it changes the way air passes through them and distorts your voice. Your voice may sound hoarse or become too quiet to hear.
Laryngitis typically heals on its own, but can sometimes become chronic (long-lasting). To get your voice back as quickly as possible, you’ll need to treat the inflammation and irritation in your voice box.
So, when you remain speechless, read this article and try one of the below remedies to recover your voice as soon as possible. In most cases, hoarseness can be cured overnight.
The most important thing is to rest your voice…
When you have laryngitis, your vocal cords are swollen and irritated. They need time to heal. Try to avoid situations that require a lot of talking or shouting.
…and the second most important thing is to drink plenty of fluids.
Laryngitis is most often caused by a viral infection. Resting and drinking plenty of fluids will help you heal as quickly as possible. Aim to drink at least 10 eight-ounce glasses of water per day.
Warm Drinks: Warm liquids like tea, broth, or soup will help soothe your irritated throat. Green tea, which is full of antioxidants, may also help facilitate healing. Drink warm liquids four or five times a day, or as necessary to soothe your pain.
Important! Avoid coffee and black tea.
Gargle warm salt water during the day…
You can soothe a sore and irritated throat with warm salt water. Stir 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of salt into an 8-ounce glass of warm water. Take a sip into your mouth and gargle it around the back of your throat, then spit it out.
…and suck on lozenges.
Throat lozenges help add moisture to your throat, relieve pain, and reduce coughing. Try a natural throat lozenge like these Lemon and Ginger Drops.
The last but not the least: Keep a humid environment.
Your throat naturally dries out during the night. When you sleep, you produce less saliva and bacteria builds up in your mouth. That’s where “morning breath” comes from. When your mouth and throat dry out, your voice box can become even more irritated. Using a humidifier while you sleep will prevent this from happening and help you maximize your healing time.