Laryngitis is the inflammation of the larynx caused by an infection, over-use of the voice or by irritation. Symptoms include:
Pain when speaking
Hoarseness and loss of voice.
Raw feeling in the throat
Flu or a cold
A constant need to clear the throat
Laryngitis can be caused by anything that makes your vocal cords swell up. Bacteria and viruses are usually responsible. Exposure to certain harsh toxins and chemicals and allergies can also be the cause. Overuse is also responsible. Tumors or growths can also cause laryngitis but this is very rare.
Eating a lot of raw fruits and vegetables, drinking plenty of filtered water and reducing your intake of refined carbohydrates can help speed your recovery from laryngitis. To boost your immune system, supplement your diet with garlic tablets, Vitamin C and echinacia
Don’t speak at all, you should rest your voice totally. You should also drink plenty of fluids, such as water or tea mixed with lemon or a little honey. Inhaling steam from a pot of boiling water has also been found beneficial.
Don’t smoke or sit next to smokers. Try to rest your voice and not overuse it.
When to seek further professional advice
If the laryngitis lasts for more than one week, if you develop laryngitis after being exposed to environmental toxins or if a child’s hoarseness turns into a sharp, barking cough.
Alternative treatments will pay attention to your immune system, this is so the condition is prevented from occurring again. They will also try to relieve the discomfort you are feeling. Common herbal remedies include gargling with a tea made from bayberry, red sage or white oak bark this will help restore your voice. Echinacea will help the immune system. Aroma therapeutic remedies advise using the essential oil of thyme to relieve the symptoms. The thyme can be used in a vaporizer, inhalation, or it can be massaged in with a carrier oil.
Viral laryngitis usually goes away by itself in a few days without any treatment other than resting the voice. If your doctor diagnosis a bacterial infection, you will probably be given antibiotics, you must complete the entire course. No medication is needed if it is caused by simple overuse, the best solution is to merely rest your voice.
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