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LARYNGITIS - At Home Treatment to Help Soothe Symptoms
As winter descends upon us, so does the influx of cold and flu causing viruses, which lead to more severe illnesses like laryngitis or bronchitis.
Passed the same way as the cold and flu, laryngitis is one of the most common upper respiratory infections floating around during the cold winter months. Antibiotics should be used to treat laryngitis, however there are many in-home treatments you can use to help prevent catching the bug and soothe your symptoms if you do fall victim to viral laryngitis.
Cold or Flu Viruses are the most common.
Acid Reflux *Most common cause of chronic laryngitis
Vocal Strain *Caused by overusing your voice or not using your voice properly
Inflammation caused by smoking or inhaled steroid medicines (primarily used to treat asthma).
Hoarseness or a raspy sounding voice
Voice is deeper than normal
Voice easily breaks
Loss of voice completely
Dry or sore throat
Coughing or difficulty swallowing
Antibiotics are rarely used to treat laryngitis because most cases of laryngitis are caused by a virus. Consult your doctor if you think you have laryngitis, as each case may require a different treatment. The following are effective ways to curb the symptoms of laryngitis and help you on your road to recovery:
Rest your voice
Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate
. *preferably with warm liquids, water, or beverages with soothing ingredients such as honey, lemon, or ginger.
Avoid whispering when you do speak-this actually causes more strain on your vocals
Don't smoking and alcohol
Resist the urge to clear your throat
Use a humidifier
Suck on lozenges throughout the day to keep your throat moist (recommended in lemon or honey flavor)
Gargle several times a day with ˝ tsp. of salt in a glass of warm water.
Consult your physician, who will determine if medication is required to treat your laryngitis.
-- Most commonly prescribed for laryngitis resulting from a bacterial infection
Antihistamines or Inhaled Steroids
-- for laryngitis resulting from allergies
Dr. Dave Opperman, Colorado Voice Clinic | http://ColoradoVoiceClinic.com
Steven D. Ehrlich, NMD, Solutions Acupuncture, a private practice specializing in complementary and alternative medicine, Phoenix, AZ. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.
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