Do you find your voice squeaky and hoarse at times? If yes, then there can be plenty of reasons for this. This problem is called Laryngitis. Mostly people confuse it with sore throat, because it results into hoarseness or complete loss of voice due to irritation in the vocal cords.
Some of the common reasons for laryngitis are fungal infection, viral infection, inflammation of the larynx, smoking, excess alcohol drinking, various allergies and viral infection. Out of the mentioned reasons, the most common one is viral infection which is basically an upper respiratory infection as result of common cold. The other reason for this disease is voice abuse or overuse of our vocal chords, such as yelling or shouting etc.
Symptoms of short term laryngitis are sore throat, hoarse voice, cough problem, difficulty in swallowing food, swelling around the larynx, trouble in eating food, and high amount of saliva emerging from the mouth of the infected person. But, if you are suffering from chronic laryngitis, in that case, the symptoms may differ. The major indications of chronic laryngitis are viral infection, pain while breathing; especially in children, coughing out blood from mouth, inflated lymph nodes in the face, throat or chest and symptoms of flu.
Several patients prefer home remedies in comparison to medicines in case of laryngitis. Home remedies are only effective in short term laryngitis problem. For relief from chronic laryngitis, which also happens because of smoking, you must consult your physician to put an end to this trouble. Some of the best home remedies for the treatment of laryngitis are as follows-
Take care of your vocal-chord – When you come back home from work or after any other tedious job, try to give rest to your vocal chords. While talking to people at home, try to keep your voice down instead of unnecessary yelling, as it will result in inflammation of your larynx leading to laryngitis.
Quit Smoking – Smoking is one of the primary reasons behind chronic laryngitis. It not only impacts the person who is smoking cigarette, but also ill affects passive smokers. Regular smokers compulsively try to get rid of this injurious habit for their good.
Drink sufficient amount of water-If our throat remains dry most of the time, then it might result in laryngitis. Thus, in order to avoid this problem keep your throat and body hydrated, as it will not only keep laryngitis away, but will also help in reducing other skin related issues.
Sip herbal tea – Herbal tea consist of basil, cardamom, ginger etc., it keeps our throat warm, thus preventing us from catching cold and flu infection. If an individual is infected with cold and flu, then a cup of hot tea keeps our throat warm and reduces the swollen lymph node in chest, face and throat.
Don’t consume Dehydrating Substances – If you have laryngitis during summer or humid season, then it is advisable not to consume dehydrating substances like caffeinated tea, coffee or alcohol.
Diet. Eating plenty of garlic and ginger. These food is well known as antimicrobial agents. It can help to kill the germs and soothe your membranes of the larynx.
Gargle with warm salt water several times per day (take 1/2 teaspoon salt to an 8-ounce glass of warm water). This solution will ease laryngitis.
Gargle with equal amounts of vinegar and water. Gargle four to five times per day as needed. This solution is s a well-known to kill the bacteria that has affected your larynx.