How To Get Rid Of Laryngitis, Naturally?

 
By 14 January 2017
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how to get rid of laryngitisLaryngitis is an inflammation and swelling of the mucous membrane of the larynx (voice box or Adam’s apple). Some of the symptoms include hoarseness, tickling in the throat, raspy sound, a sore throat, a cough, pain when talking or swallowing. Laryngitis can be caused or aggravate by a cold, flu, irritants, allergens, bronchitis, acid reflux, excessive talking or talking too loud, alcohol consumption, and pneumonia. Find out effective and natural remedies to get rid of laryngitis fast at home.

Home remedies to get rid of laryngitis

Acute laryngitis is a temporary condition and respond well to home remedies, however, chronic laryngitis is a serious condition which needs proper medical attention. If your symptoms of laryngitis don’t disappear and persists for about a week, or if accompanied by difficulty swallowing, cough which brings out blood, fever, and deliberating pain in the throat, see your doctor right away.

Keep quiet

If you are suffering from laryngitis, it is high time to give your vocal cords a break by keeping quiet. Try not to talk at all or if you really want to, talk in soft voice. Do not whisper too, as whispering is far worse than talking, as it strains the vocal cords. Practice good vocal habits to avoid future re-occurrences. Never shout, scream or yell. Don’t speak in too noisy places. Avoid talking when sick as illness puts extra stress on vocal cords. Drink plenty of water and also consume fruits which contains large amount of water, such as watermelon, peaches, plums, pears, and apples. Avoid clearing your throat too often.

Gargle

Gargling is an effective home remedy for a number of respiratory ailments, including laryngitis.  Gargling helps to draw out inflammatory fluids through the process of osmosis and improves circulation. In addition, gargling also relieves sore throat and nasal congestion, all of which can contribute to laryngitis. For best results use  warm or room temperature water, as too warm or hot water will burn your throat and cause the vocal cords to swell and will aggravate laryngitis. Gargle the solution 3 to 5 times. Well, you can gargle simply with water or use salt or apple cider vinegar for additional benefits.

 Salt water gargle

Salt water gargle is particularly good, therefore it is widely used as an effective home remedy to combat laryngitis. Salt gargle cleanses and neutralizes the acids, stimulates circulation, helps maintain pH in the throat and clears nasal congestion which fastens the healing process.

You will need

  • Salt 1/2 teaspoon
  • Warm water 1 glass

Put salt in a glass of water and stir well to dissolve the salt. Now gargle with this solution every morning.

Apple cider vinegar Gargle

Apple cider vinegar is incredibly good to moisten the throat and treat laryngitis. Apple cider vinegar helps keep the pH balance in the mouth, and the anti-inflammatory properties of apple cider helps reduce inflammation which combat the problem of laryngitis fast.

You will need

  • Apple cider vinegar 1 teaspoon
  • Water 1 glass

Mix a tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar in a glass of warm water. Gargle with this mixture in the morning and before bedtime

Mouth wash

Mouthwash has tons of benefits for maintaining oral health as well as in treating respiratory ailments such as sore throat, dry mouth, dry throat and oral inflammation. Regular use of mouth wash helps lessen the bacterial and viral infections in the mouth and throat which keep oral ailments at bay. Mouthwash also provides relief from swelling, pain and inflammation with an additional benefit of fighting off bad breath.

You will need

  • Regular mouthwash

Swish around and gargle with 20 ml of mouthwash for 30 seconds once daily.

Steam

Steaming is considered an optimal remedy to combat all sort of respiratory ailments including dry throat and voice hoarseness. Steaming keeps the throat moisten and help open the decongested airways and nasal passages which clears the throat.

You will need

  • Hot steaming water
  • Essential oil (optional)

In a bowl of steaming hot water, add 4-5 drops of any of the following essential oil: eucalyptus, lavender, lemon or tea tree oil. Cover your head with a towel and hold over the bowl, with eyes closed and deep breathing inhale as much steam as you can. Repeat twice for about 10-15 minutes every four hours for 2 days.

You can also do Plain water steaming as it is also effective and can be done instead. Just fill a bowl with hot steaming water and cover your head with a towel over the bowl. Keep eyes closed and deep breath to inhale as much steam as you can. Do this for about 10-15 minutes every four hours for 2 days.

Honey

The antibiotic and anti-bacterial properties of this sweet golden syrup helps fight off bacteria. In addition, honey has throat soothing properties which soothes the inflamed and irritated membranes and provides instant relief.

You will need

  • Organic Honey 1 tablespoon
  • Warm water 1 glass

Add a tablespoon of organic honey to a glass of warm water. Mix thoroughly. Drink twice a day or once daily before bed. You can also consume a tablespoon of pure organic honey before bedtime.

Avoid Acid reflux

Acid reflux is one of the major causes of voice hoarseness and inflammation of the vocal membranes. During acid reflux, the stomach contents move backwards up into the esophagus which causes an inflammation to the larynx, hence leads to reflux laryngitis. If you are dealing with laryngitis, try to avoid acid reflux as much as possible to keep aggravating the problem further. Some of the simple things you can do to prevent acid reflux are:

  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Eat smaller meals.
  • Don’t eat before bedtime.
  • Do not lie and elevate upper part of the body after meals.
  • Avoid spicy, hot, and fatty foods.
  • Avoid acidic foods.
  • Avoid alcohol, caffeine, carbonated drinks and beverages.
  • Stop smoking.

For further information read our article on how to get rid of acid reflux.

THE AUTHOR
Ashley is a housewife, dedicated mother of two kids and a passionate blogger. She loves to cook, travel and write. She has been writing about beauty, fitness, list of to-do things and lifestyle for past several years. So enjoy the good work.
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