Laryngitis is usually the result of inflammation of the larynx i.e. the voice box in simple terms. This inflammation can lead to hoarseness of voice or sometimes even voice loss for a short duration. The most common causes of Laryngitis are over-straining of larynx (loud yelling at a rock show) or an infection in the upper respiratory system due to a viral cold. If Laryngitis is caused due to the later reason, consulting a doctor may be advisable.
A few of home remedies as those listed below can help speed up the recovery process:
Rest your voice: Keeping quiet for some time, or speaking only when extremely necessary can be a major benefactor to get your normal voice back. Moreover, speak softly even if you feel that you have recovered a greater deal just until the time the pain or the irritation disappears completely. Speaking softly should not be confused with whispering as whispering can actually aggravate the larynx.
Drinking warm liquids: Drinking plenty of warm fluids is one of the top most remedies on the Laryngitis home remedies. Warm water gargle mixed with a pinch of salt has always been effective in reversing the hoarse voice effects.
Stay away from smoking: And by saying ‘stay away’ means from both active as well as passive smoking. Smoking leads to inflammation of the larynx which might in turn worsen laryngitis. Stopping the intake of the much desired chilled beer during laryngitis goes without a mention.
Breathe through the nose: Breathing through the nose passes filtered air to the lungs. It also keeps the level of mucus in its consistent level.
Inhale steam: Inhaling steam directly or during a hot water shower or having a steam bath helps clear the nose. Steam also helps in clearing the lungs to some extent.
Prevent Gastroesophageal reflux: Avoid eating at least three to four hours before going to bed which will help avoid the irritation caused to frequent refluxes. Reducing the intake of tea and coffee also help in avoiding the acidity caused.
Try not to clear your throat: Clearing the throat strains the voice box leading to further inflammation to your larynx. Use of a teaspoon of honey with a few drops of ginger juice in it will help soothe dry cough.
Most of the times in the cases of mild laryngitis or rather laryngitis which is not due to viral but due to voice abuse, the above home remedies for laryngitis should help cure the problem. If no significant improvement is seen in 3-4days then it is advisable to see a doctor.