Home Remedies for Laryngitis
Laryngitis is the swelling and irritation of the larynx, or vocal cords. It is generally caused by a bacterial or viral infection but can also be the result of allergies or simply using your voice too much. The symptoms of laryngitis include loss of voice, a dry and sore throat, and coughing or other flu-like symptoms. Severe laryngitis can also cause fever, difficulty breathing and even coughing up of blood.
If your laryngitis is the result of a bacterial, fungal, or viral infection you should see your doctor to be prescribed an appropriate antibody. Even if these are the cause there are still things that you can do to help get rid of your laryngitis.
- Don’t smoke. Smoking irritates the larynx and will only prolong the symptoms. You will also want to avoid any smoke-filled places.
- Try to not talk. The more you talk, the longer that it will take to heal.
- Use lozenges for temporary relief. Lozenges that contain ginger, rosemary, lavender, or peppermint will work best for you as these ingredients can act as expectorants.
- Drink a lot of water. This will ease some of the discomfort and help you get better faster.
- If it is cold outside, use a humidifier especially in your bedroom at night. The extra humidity will help keep your throat moist.
- Do not drink any alcohol.
Laryngitis can also be caused by gastroesophageal reflux, of acid from your stomach affecting you esophagus. Treatments for acid reflux will help aid your recovery. You will still want to follow all of the previous tips as well as watch your diet and drink lots and lots of water.
If your laryngitis does not get any better, talk to your doctor right away and let them know just how long that you have had the symptoms. They may tell you that more drastic changes need to be made in your life, but listen to them. Laryngitis can be the precursor to a number of very serious ailments. If necessary, your doctor may have to recommend speech therapy to help you, and in some cases, surgery may also be necessary.