Laryngitis is inflammation of the larynx—your "voice box." If you have laryngitis, you have lost your voice. It can result from a viral or a bacterial infection. Laryngitis may also occur during bronchitis, influenza, measles, pneumonia, and whooping cough, or because of overuse of the voice or exposure to allergies. The infection or irritation causes the vocal cords to swell, resulting in hoarseness and loss of voice. See below our home remedies laryngitis.
List of Home Remedies for Laryngitis
1 teaspoon coltsfoot leaves 1 tablespoon marshmallow leaves 1 teaspoon licorice root 1 teaspoon mullein leaves 1 cup boiling water Combine the above herbs. Take two teaspoons of the mixture and cover with the boiling water; steep for 30 minutes; strain. Sweeten, if desired. Take as needed, a tablespoon or two at a time.
The first, and best, treatment for laryngitis is to rest the voice. Avoid speaking and singing while the vocal cords hurt. Inhaling steam in a steam room or using a vaporizer also can help.
Avoid eating immediately before speaking or singing. A full stomach can interfere with abdominal support, and the contraction of the abdominal muscles can result in reflux of gastric acids.
Avoid chocolate and ice cream, especially before vocal performances. Although the exact reason why these foods frequently cause laryngitis is not known, but allergy is likely.
To treat laryngitis caused by reflux of stomach acid, avoid eating for three to four hours before going to bed, and elevate the head of the bed—propping up the head with pillows is not sufficient. It is important to treat the underlying condition.
Breathe through the nose. This allows air to be filtered, warmed, and humidified.
Avoid tobacco smoke. Also keep in mind that marijuana smoke is even more irritating to the vocal cords than tobacco smoke, since marijuana smoke is unfiltered.
Especially if you speak or sing often, keep the abdomi nal muscles toned with regular exercises such as sit-ups.
Be sure to drink eight or more glasses of water daily when traveling by plane. Not only is the air in planes extremely dry, but cabin noise may force passengers to speak loudly.
Use antihistamines with caution for sore throat and postnasal drip. These agents can cause drying, which leads to decreased lubrication of the vocal folds, increased throat clearing, and frequent coughing.