Nothing can be more irritating than waking up to a sour throat and creaky voice. It could spoil your day. If left unattended to, it could cause some serious damage. Because loss of voice or creaky voice could mean an infection of laryngitis.
Laryngitis is the condition of vocal chords or larynx being swollen. Most often this is caused by overuse of voice by excessive shouting or because of common cold caused by a virus. It has been found that some fungi or bacteria can also cause laryngitis.
It usually manifests quickly with symptoms lasting for not more than a fortnight. However, if the symptoms last for more than three weeks, it is to be treated as chronic laryngitis and calls for serious investigations. Chronic laryngitis is often caused by lifestyle factors, mainly the continual exposure to irritants.
Acid reflux or gastroesophageal disease – which is a condition of stomach acid and partly digested contents are brought back up into the throat, chronic sinusitis, excess coughing, exposure to inhaled irritants, high alcohol intake and smoking could also lead to laryngitis.
Ways to counter laryngitis
Here are some easy tips on how to make your condition better if you have laryngitis.
Gargle is the best, simplest and most often the effective solution for almost all throat problems. All you need to do is to mix half a teaspoon of salt in lukewarm water and gargle with it, allowing the solution maximum contact with the larynx. Preferably, it should be done thrice in a day for better effect.
Mouthwash with antibacterial reagents can destroy the harmful germs causing stress to your larynx.
Garlic has got curative powers and it is well known. A little bit of crushed garlic in food or even tea can help you recover from laryngitis, thanks to the antimicrobial properties of garlic.
Ginger, just like garlic, is also known for its pain-relieving abilities. Chewing ginger and keeping the juices stay in the throat before swallowing it can cure laryngitis faster. Another way to use ginger is hot ginger tea. The dried extracts have gingerol, which has analgesic and anti-inflammatory impacts.
Lemon Juice is another common cure for laryngitis. Lemon can trigger the formation of saliva and thus keep the throat hydrated. It is advised to drink the juice of lemon without mixing water for best results and to ensure that the acidic nature of the lemon at its potent best to destroy germs. Adding a bit of honey can increase the potency of lemon and make it easy to drink as well.
Apple Cider Vinegar is also known for its antimicrobial properties. Two tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar in a cup of water with honey and cayenne pepper twice a day can cure fast.