Do you want to know how to get rid of hoarseness effectively?
If you are ready to finally treat your voice the way it deserves to be treated then continue
watching because in this video, I am talking about effective hoarse voice remedies for
singers and other voice users.
You will learn about three steps you need to take to treat your voice the right way.
So, stay tuned and I will be right back.
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So, you have a hoarse voice and you are wondering how to treat hoarseness effectively.
What can you do to get your beautiful voice back as soon as possible?
First, there are many reasons why you may suffer from hoarseness.
I talked about causes of hoarse voice in my last video, which you can watch by clicking
And I will also link to it at the end of this video.
Different causes will require different treatment options.
In this video, let’s look at your options when you experience hoarseness as a result
of vocal fold swelling, either due to an infection, such as common cold or flu, or due to voice
Before I give you three steps to a healthy voice, let me tell you what happens with your
vocal folds when you sound hoarse due to overuse or infection.
Your vocal folds are made of several layers.
When your vocal folds are swollen, there is a build up of fluid just beneath the most
superficial layer of the vocal folds.
This is a protective mechanism, which creates a cushion of fluid to prevent further damage
to deeper layers of the vocal folds.
The fluid build up makes the vocal folds thick.
Thicker vocal folds sound hoarse or husky and your voice may suddenly become deeper.
So, the focus of hoarse voice treatment in this case should be decreasing the amount
of fluid build up, decreasing the vocal fold swelling.
How do you do that?
Here are three steps you need to take in order to give your voice the best chance to recover.
Step 1 – Proper Hydration If you are rolling your eyes and saying “what’s
Let me explain how adequate hydration works and why it is so important to treat hoarseness.
First, when you are sick, you are losing water from your body through perspiration, so you
need to replenish the lost fluids.
That is common sense.
But when you overuse your voice, the most superficial layer of the vocal folds also
gets damaged and it needs to be well hydrated in order to be restored and maintain an adequate
mucous coat to protect the vocal folds.
Simply, dehydrated vocal folds become even more susceptible to vocal injury.
The protective mucous lining of the vocal folds protects them from natural friction
when you speak or sing.
So, hydration basically helps protect your voice from further damage.
There are two ways of hydrating your vocal instrument: internal and external hydration.
Internal hydration is drinking plenty of fluids.
External hydration is humidifying the air and steaming your voice.
Use a humidifier in the bedroom right beside your bed.
Steaming is a wonderful method of hydrating your vocal folds directly and fast.
And it also helps healing by dilating the blood vessels.
Just recently, I made a video about steaming your voice so you can watch it here.
Step 2 – Vocal Rest Vocal rest simply means that you limit your
voice use to essential communication needs.
This can be challenging for some voice users who love to talk or sing all the time.
Because with every sound you make, the superficial layer of the vocal folds gets broken and damaged,
you want to just stop making any unnecessary sounds.
If you need to talk, do it gently.
Don’t whisper, just use a gentle voice to communicate your needs.
During this period, opt for activities that don’t require voice use.
You can finally binge watch your favourite show without feeling guilty.
Step 3 – Choose Your Weapons Wisely What do I mean by that?
When our voice does not sound normally, or when we get sick, many people tend to reach
for medication and lozenges as their first line of defence.
However, some of these weapons can have adverse effects on your voice.
Some singers believe that medications, such as Aspirin or Ibuprofen, reduce vocal fold
swelling and they even take them as a preventative measure before high demanding performances.
These medications reduce swelling and pain but they also have an adverse effect on the
However, sometimes you simply need to take this type of drug.
In that case, avoid sudden and high impact on the vocal folds, such as prolonged and
excessive voice use, yelling, coughing or grunting.
The risk is small but there is a risk.
Another group of drugs with known side effects on your voice are decongestants, such as Sudafed.
They have a drying effect on your body, including the mucous covering of the vocal folds.
If you can, avoid using medications with a drying effect.
But again, if you need to use them, increase the intake of water to make up for their drying
What about lozenges and throat sprays?
Many of these products cause dry mouth, throat, and vocal folds, especially products that
contain menthol and eucalyptus.
Some lozenges even have a numbing effect, which can mask the underlying problem.
When you mask pain, you are more prone to vocal injury due to overworking your vocal
So, chose lozenges with glycerin and pectin if you want to give your throat a little bit
I will be talking about the best lozenges for singers and voice users in my next video,
so consider subscribing to this channel and hitting the bell notification icon so that
you get notified when a new video is out.
Bonus tip Consider hoarse voice treatment home remedy.
For example, add honey to your tea.
Honey contains antioxidants.
And therefore, according to modern scientific literature, honey could be considered a natural
therapeutic agent for various medicinal purposes.
Ginger also appears to have anti-inflammatory properties.
If your throat hurts as a result of an infection, gargle with salt water and take an extra dose
of vitamin C, which plays a role in keeping your immune system healthy.
Vocal fold swelling due to voice overuse should go away within 24 to 48 hours.
If you experience hoarseness as a result of an infection, it should resolve itself when
infection is no more present, which can take 1 to 2 weeks.
So, now you know how to treat a hoarse voice effectively.
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