What do you do for strained vocal cords?

Inflammation or irritation of the vocal cords leading to a hoarse voice or complete loss of voice is usually temporary. This may occur because of overuse from shouting or singing loudly. It can also start on account of an infection. Acute laryngitis will normally heal by itself in a short while, but chronic laryngitis may need you to consult a doctor.

Here are some natural remedies to help reduce the duration and severity of the problem:

  • Try not to speak as much as possible. Give your vocal cords some rest. Speak softly whenever you have to, but do not whisper as this may further strain your voice
  • Try not to breathe through your mouth
  • Although you may feel irritation and may want to clear your throat, try not to as much as possible.
  • Gargle with salt water. Do not use any mouth rinses containing alcohol as they may make viral laryngitis worse.
  • Avoid smoking and breathe clean air free of pollutants as far as possible
  • Some lemon tea to which ginger juice has been added is good for the throat.
  • Inhale steam from a vapourizer or take a warm shower. This will soothe the throat.
  • Suck on some lozenges or hard candy.

Hopefully your vocal cords will be back to their usual form in some days.

answered by S E

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