So You Think You Have Laryngitis? What Should You Do Next?

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Nothing beats waking up in a weekend. There’s no need to go to school or work if you have Saturday and Sunday off. You jumped out of bed and should have shouted, “Good morning, Mama.” However, you felt a sharp pain in your throat. Worse, you have a hoarse voice that cracks each time you say a word. Spell bad day.

You remembered a lesson from your sister when she once lost her voice, too. Immediately, you checked for symptoms.

Hoarseness of voice? Check.
A sore throat? Present.
Fever? A low rise in temperature.

A dry cough? Ehem. You were still thinking of the next one when you felt difficulty swallowing. You’re 90% sure – it’s laryngitis.

If you forgot what to do in these situations, don’t panic. Let me list down some tricks on how to ease the pain.

1. Hydrate.

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Drink lukewarm water – lots of it. You’re going to need to rehydrate your throat and wash off all the bacteria that has built up. Taking frequent sips of water also helps smoothen the swollen areas.

2. Rest.

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Your larynx needs rest, too. If you have an inflamed voice box, please limit using it the whole time. If your job requires you to talk a lot or sing, minimize using your voice outside work.

It is during these times when you need to employ balance between vocal stress and rest.

3. Stop smoking.

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There’s nothing else to say about smoking that others haven’t said yet. Quit smoking if you want to get better holistically, or reduce your nicotine intake. Since you already have laryngitis, consider having cold turkey in the meantime.

4. Don’t clear your throat too often.

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Your vocal cords have had enough stress. Reduce the frequency of clearing your throat as it adds more injury to your already swollen voice box.

Follow these steps as your vocal hygiene regimen, whether or not you have laryngitis. You should sound better in no time.