During winter, you are more prone to cold and cough. Hence, sometime you may suffer from Laryngitis. It is an inflammation caused in the voice box (larynx) due to overuse, irritation or infection.
How does Laryngitis affects you?
There are two folds of the mucous membrane inside the larynx. They are your vocal cords — covering muscle and cartilage. Usually, your normal vocal cords open and close smoothly, forming sounds through their movement and vibration.
But when you are suffering from laryngitis, your vocal cords become inflamed or irritated. These leads to swelling of vocal cord which even distorts the sounds produced by air passing over them.
Consequently, your voice sounds hoarse and almost undetectable. It may be chronic (long-lasting) or acute (short-lived) and in most cases a temporary viral infection or vocal strain triggers laryngitis which isn’t serious.
The symptoms of laryngitis last less than a couple of weeks. Laryngitis signs and symptoms can include:
- Tickling sensation and rawness of your throat
- Weak voice or voice loss
- Dry throat
- Dry cough
- Sore throat
When to see a doctor
Usually, you can control laryngitis with self-care steps while resting your voice and drinking plenty of fluids.
Make an appointment with a doctor if your laryngitis symptoms last more than two weeks.
Home remedies are your greatest saviour to treat the conditions of Laryngitis.
1. Give Rest to your voice
Laryngitis can swell and irritate the vocal cord and they need time to heal. So you must avoid overuse of vocal cord or talk very little.
While attending calls using speaker can amplify your voice. Singing will make your vocal cords more inflamed, so take a few days off. Use your voice as infrequently as you can, at a volume that feels natural to you.
2. Add moisture with a humidifier
Breathing dry air can lead to inflammation of vocal cords and irritate your throat. So humidifier or vaporizers will add healing moisture to the air and help loosen phlegm.
If you don’t have a humidifier, take a warm shower or sit in a warm bath.
3. Gargle warm salt water
To sooth your sore and irritated throat gargle with warm salt water. Add 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of salt into a glass of warm water. Sip it in and gargle it for a minute as it would provide relief to your throat.
4. Apple cider vinegar
The antimicrobial properties in apple cider vinegar can help your body fight off infection.
Instruction: Pour 1 to 2 tablespoons of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar into a small glass of water. Add in a teaspoon of honey which will make the potion more powerful. Drink this once or twice per day until your symptoms improve. You can also add a little ACV to your salt water gargle.
5. Tea with honey
A warm cup of tea is the most relieving drink to soothe a sore throat. Herbal teas, like chamomile, contain antioxidants that can help strengthen your immune system. Research shows that chamomile also has anti-inflammatory properties. So adding in honey will provide healing power to your tea at the same time it will treat cough.
6. Ginger root
In ancient traditional medicines ginger roots had major role to play. So, for treating laryngitis ginger works wonder to suppress the dry, irritating cough. So incorporate this versatile root to your smoothies, tea and juices .
7. Products containing essential oils
Eucalyptus trees contain an essential oil which help loosen mucus and soothe irritation. Add four or five drops of the essential oil to a diffusor or humidifier to disperse it throughout your home.
8. Fresh garlic
Garlic helps to treat and also prevent from diseases. The antibacterial properties in garlic can help you fight off infections, such as sinusitis and bronchitis. So, add garlic cloves to your favourite dishes or eat raw cloves.
9. Drink lots of fluids
A lot of fluid in your diet which may include water, juices, clear broth and tea will keep you hydrated, loosen phlegm, and flush out mucus. Warm liquids, like tea and soup, can increase the flow of mucus to ease congestion. However, any liquid that contains caffeine will cause dehydration. So avoid any drinking high caffeinated drinks.