If you’ve ever had a hoarse voice or a cough, you may have experienced the symptoms of laryngitis. Laryngitis is an inflammation of the vocal cords. Laryngitis can be an uncomfortable condition, especially when accompanied by other illnesses such as a cold or the flu. In most cases of laryngitis, home treatment is sufficient. By using soothing and anti-inflammatory herbs, foods, and essential oils, you can reduce swelling and regain your voice.
- 1 What is laryngitis? Common symptoms of laryngitis
- 2 Causes and risk factors of laryngitis
- 3 8 natural approaches to laryngitis
What is laryngitis? Common symptoms of laryngitis
Laryngitis causes a hoarse voice or complete loss of voice due to irritation of the vocal cords. The vocal cords are inside the larynx. These are vibrating rubber bands that produce your voice. When our vocal cords are functioning normally, they open and close smoothly. Sounds are produced by their movement and vibration. Laryngitis causes inflammation and swelling of the vocal cords due to overuse. The vocal cords can also be affected by another health condition, such as GERD or a viral infection, resulting in distorted sounds and hoarseness.
There are other symptoms of laryngitis besides a hoarse, scratchy voice. Other symptoms of laryngitis include complete loss of voice, coughing, trouble swallowing, dry or sore throat, tickling, scratching in the throat, constant urge to clear throat, postnasal drip and fever.
Most of the time, the symptoms of laryngitis appear quickly and disappear within two weeks. It is possible to develop chronic, long-lasting laryngitis. Chronic laryngitis lasts more than a few weeks. It tends to have a longer course and require treatment.
Causes and risk factors of laryngitis
Certain viruses or bacteria can infect the larynx and cause it to become inflamed and swollen. The most common cause of laryngitis symptoms is a virus from another disease. These include colds or the flu. Other possible causes are:
– excessive use of your voice (such as singing or shouting)
– acid reflux or GERD (when stomach acid goes up into the esophagus)
– excessive alcohol consumption
– exposure to irritants and toxins
– the use of inhaled steroids.
When acid or other chemicals that come up from the stomach cause pain, it may be due to gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), laryngopharyngeal reflux, acid reflux, or chronic laryngitis. Estimates of acid reflux causing laryngitis vary widely, reaching up to 80% of cases in some studies.
Smoking is another major cause of laryngitis. Research shows that heavy smokers were much more likely to suffer from a laryngeal disorder. Voice problems were also much more likely among heavy smokers.
Air pollution can also cause laryngitis, according to a 2015 study published in Plos One. Air pollution is a heterogeneous mixture of gases, liquids and solid particles, all of which can be hazardous to health.
There are certain risk factors for developing laryngitis. As we age, our vocal cords can naturally loosen and thin, causing hoarseness. Other risk factors for laryngitis include smoking, overuse of the voice, and upper respiratory infections such as colds, flu, or bronchitis.
8 natural approaches to laryngitis
1. Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is helpful when trying to balance stomach acid levels. It is naturally acidic and will lower the pH of your stomach. It also provides enzymes and probiotics, which improve your ability to properly digest food. This will help people who suffer from laryngitis due to acid reflux or GERD.
Apple cider vinegar can also fight infections. Scientific research clearly demonstrates the antimicrobial properties of vinegar.
Take 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water three times a day to help cure acid reflux that causes laryngitis. You can also combine apple cider vinegar and raw honey, another home remedy for respiratory inflammation.
Ginger helps soothe inflamed mucous membranes in the larynx. It is used in Ayurvedic medicine to warm up the body and break down toxins in your organs. It is also known to cleanse the lymphatic system and make us less susceptible to respiratory system infections. Research shows that one of the many health benefits of ginger is its ability to reduce inflammation, swelling and pain – some of the most common symptoms of laryngitis. To use ginger to relieve laryngitis, add raw ginger to a smoothie or juice, use powdered ginger in a soothing soup, or drink a cup of ginger tea 2-3 times a day.
Garlic is generally believed to be useful against the common cold, one of the main causes of laryngitis. It has antibacterial and antiviral properties, helping to kill bacteria and viruses that lead to inflammation and infection. A 2014 study involved 146 participants over a three-month period. Half of the participants took a placebo tablet and the other half a garlic tablet. Then they wrote in a diary when they had symptoms of a cold. Researchers found that people who took garlic every day (instead of the placebo) had fewer colds. Over a three-month period, 24 colds were recorded in the garlic group, compared to 65 in the placebo group. Garlic also acts as a natural expectorant, helping to loosen mucus. Whether you use raw or cooked garlic, you can reap the many benefits of garlic by chopping or crushing it. Add it to a soup, stew, salad or sauce. You can also eat 1-2 raw garlic cloves daily combine with raw honey if you don’t like the taste.
Honey is one of the oldest traditional medicines considered important in the treatment of several ailments including respiratory ailments. Honey has antibacterial, antifungal and antioxidant activities. It also has a high nutritional value. It maintains a moist environment, which helps soothe irritation and relieve laryngitis symptoms like coughing and hoarseness. Raw honey can also help relieve symptoms of seasonal allergies, which can cause laryngitis. Many people with seasonal allergies have found local, raw honey to be helpful. It desensitizes them to the flora that triggers their allergic reaction. To treat laryngitis, add raw honey to hot water or tea throughout the day.
5. Lemon essential oil
Lemon essential oil can relieve symptoms of laryngitis. It inhibits the growth of bacteria and the spread of viruses that cause respiratory infections. It also detoxifies the body and loosens mucus in the throat, so you won’t have to cough as hard or as often. This allows your voice box to rest. According to a survey measuring the use of herbs for the treatment of colds and flu episodes, the main causes of laryngitis, lemon fruit was used by 73% of participants. To use lemon essential oil to relieve symptoms of laryngitis, add 1-2 drops to a glass of hot water or tea, or combine 1-2 drops with a teaspoon of raw honey. You can also inhale lemon oil directly from the bottle or add it to a diffuser at home.
6. Peppermint essential oil
Peppermint oil is a useful essential oil for allergies, a common cause of laryngitis. It can relieve itchy throats. It also acts as an expectorant, relieving allergy symptoms, as well as colds and coughs. Peppermint oil can flush out phlegm and reduce inflammation in the vocal cords. Peppermint oil is especially helpful for people with laryngitis. It has antispasmodic activity, inhibiting contractions that cause coughing, which reduces irritation of the vocal cords. You can use peppermint oil in several ways to treat the symptoms of laryngitis. For internal use, add 1-2 drops to a glass of water or a cup of tea. You can also apply peppermint oil topically to the chest and throat, or diffuse it at home.
7. Marshmallow Root
Marshmallow root has traditionally been used to treat sore throats and coughs. It contains mucilage which coats the throat and helps relieve irritation. It also reduces swollen lymph nodes, speeds healing time and reduces aggravating dry cough. This is why marshmallow extract is added to many cough syrups and throat lozenges. Do not take marshmallow at the same time of day as prescription medications, as it can potentially interfere with certain medications.
8. Rest your voice
Rest your voice to get rid of laryngitis. Don’t speak unless you have to, and when you do, speak quietly. Whispering irritates your larynx more than speaking softly, so avoid whispering. Even clearing your throat can further irritate your larynx.
Here are other lifestyle treatments for laryngitis:
– to drink a lot of water
– avoid alcohol
– – use a humidifier or vaporizer
sucking on lozenges or chewing gum
– gargle with salt and warm water
– chew your food
– eat smaller meals
Precautions to take
See your doctor if symptoms of laryngitis last longer than two weeks. Seek immediate medical attention if you have trouble breathing or swallowing, if your throat is bleeding, or if you have a fever.
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