Are you suffering from abnormal changes in your voice like hoarseness, raspiness or even symptoms of voice loss? You may think that you're fighting with a cold or flu, or perhaps you may think that it’s due to the fact that you sang your heart out at a concert or cheered too loudly for your favorite player at a football ground. And (hypothetically speaking), due to those actions, you are now paying the price with a sore throat or, even worse, laryngitis - a type of inflammation in your voice box that makes your voice scratchy or hoarse.

Laryngitis can be short-term or chronic and most often it does not last more than a couple of weeks. A viral or bacterial infection or vocal strain can cause temporary laryngitis.

Laryngitis (which is quite common during cold and flu season) is caused when the voice box becomes inflamed. In order to produce a clear-sounding voice, the vocal folds have to be able to rub up against each other in order to vibrate accordingly. However, if inflammation gets into that lining, it will prevent those vocal folds from vibrating properly, and thus the production of a clear, healthy voice will become compromised.

How to prevent voice problems?

If you want to prevent voice problems and are looking for ways to get your voice back asap, here are some beneficial tips for you.

- Stay Hydrated

Drink plenty of water. At least 6-8 glasses a day is recommended. Stop the consumption of unhealthy drinks (like alcohols or caffeine) that can cause your body to lose water and make your vocal folds and larynx become dry.

- Maintain a healthy lifestyle and diet.

Don't smoke and avoid second-hand smoke. It irritates your vocal folds. Also, cancer of the vocal folds has been detected in people who smoke regularly. Don't consume spicy foods. Spicy foods can cause stomach acid to move into the throat and or esophagus, causing heartburn or GERD. Include plenty of whole grains, fruits, and vegetables in your diet that contains vitamins A, E, and C. These vitamins help to maintain the mucous membranes which, in turn, help to keep the throat (and related parts of the vocal anatomy) healthy.

- Visit an alternative voice specialist.

If the hoarseness remains persistent for more than a couple of weeks and, moreover, you begin experiencing chronic problems with your throat and voice, it's necessary that you visit a qualified alternative health specialist. These specialists will closely analyze your disturbed vocal anatomy, using specific alternative & natural methods, which will greatly aid to your voice/vocal recovery.

Once you’ve been examined by the above/described specialist, they’ll have a better idea if your laryngitis is caused by an ear, nose or throat problem, or if, (as an additional measure) you may need to embark on a herbal (as well as some homeopathic) treatment. These kinds of therapists use a specific approach to help you find relief from symptoms; and, most importantly, at the end of the treatment, acquire the best possible (and, nonetheless) desirable voice.

Therefore if you are seriously committed to healing and fully recovering your voice, make an appointment with an alternative health specialist who solely specializes in non-surgical voice repair.

Author's Bio: 

Ms. Yampolsky is one of the world's foremost specialists on the topic of the human voice and is the creator of Vocal Science(TM), a unique and truly revolutionary accelerated vocal development technique. It is a holistic and scientific approach to voice mechanics that enables all singers and speakers to reach their full potential in an extremely short period of time. Based in Ontario, Canada, Diana works with a worldwide spectrum of clientele as a Vocal Coach/Consultant, In-Studio Vocal Production Expert, and Non-Surgical Voice Repair Specialist.
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