Natural Laryngitis Remedies For Singers
Laryngitis is a singer’s worst nightmare! The larynx is commonly called the voice box. Laryngitis means that there is inflammation of the voice box. If you have laryngitis, your voice may sound lower, crack when you try to talk or sing, sound hoarse or raspy, or you may not be able to talk or sing at all.
Acute laryngitis could be caused by a virus, overuse of the voice or irritants like smoke or chemicals. The most common cause of chronic laryngitis (lasting more than two weeks) is laryngopharyngeal reflux. In this condition, acid from the stomach backs up the esophagus, affecting the larynx. A sinus infection can cause laryngitis. One of the more popular home remedies for sinus infection is to rinse the sinuses with warm salt water. A neti pot or a special squeeze bottle is used. Polyps on the vocal chords cause hoarseness as well.
The cause of laryngitis determines which laryngitis remedies are appropriate. Sore throat remedies for laryngitis resulting from infection would include antibiotics. Laryngitis remedies for laryngitis resulting from acid reflux would be to control the amount of stomach acid. Rest, surgery, or laser surgery would be appropriate laryngitis remedies in the case of polyps.
Here are some helpful laryngitis home remedies that you might want to try.
1. Rest the voice completely. Whispering is more of a strain on the voice than talking. Don’t do it.
2. Dry air makes laryngitis worse. Use a humidifier in your home.
3. Suck on hard candy or lozenges, chew gum, and drink warm beverages to moisturize the throat.
4. Make a glass of warm salt water and gargle with it.
5. Drink enough liquids. Avoid caffeine. Dehydration makes laryngitis worse.
6. Don’t use decongestants. They dry the throat.
If you try these laryngitis remedies and still have problems after two weeks, or if a high fever accompanies your laryngitis, it’s time to see the doctor.