How to cure a loss of voice?

How to cure a loss of voice?

The number one cause of aphonia, as doctors say, is straining your vocal cords too much.. The vocal cords are muscles located in the larynx, at the level of the glottis. And like all muscles, they get tired if you use them too much. Therefore, if you have a job that requires you to talk a lot, you are more at risk of losing your voice.

The other common cause is another ENT infection, most often viral, which leads to inflammation of the larynx. Indeed, when the vocal cords are inflamed, they can no longer vibrate normally and you lose your voice. And there are also rarer causes such as small polyps on the vocal cords, in short everything that hinders the passage of air at the level of the vocal cords.

The best treatment: keep silent

The most effective treatment is to talk as little as possible. For the vocal cords, rest is complete silence. This is what helps them recover naturally. Above all, we do not try to whisper. It’s not better because when you whisper, the vocal cords touch each other as much as when you speak and this delays healing. You also avoid clearing your throat.

Otherwise, the vocal cords like heat and humidity, it relaxes them. Air humidifiers – you can also simply put clothes to dry in a room – and hot showers can be beneficial. Our grandmothers were right: no drafts. They are protected with a scarf or scarf. We also flee the dry air from air conditioning. And we avoid irritating them even more with tobacco.

Inhalations, an effective grandmother’s remedy

Inhalations of thyme or eucalyptus are effective. They calm and hydrate the vocal cords. Indeed, the volatile substances will go by vaporization in the respiratory tract and reach the vocal cords.

As for honey, it helps soften the throat, but it does not reach the vocal cords since the food we swallow passes through the esophagus and the vocal cords are located towards the trachea. It’s good to take it when you have nasopharyngitis and a sore throat, but it’s not the cure for loss of voice.

Chanter’s grass, the singer’s plant

On the other hand, cantor grass, known since antiquity to relieve hoarseness and loss of voice is effective. Erysimum, that’s its name, is from the same family as cabbage and a cousin of rapeseed. Its small yellow flowers contain compounds with expectorant and anti-inflammatory properties.. You can take advantage of their benefits as an infusion to drink several times a day as long as your voice goes out. In general, everything is back to normal in 3 or 4 days. If it lasts, you should consult.

Otherwise, there are also drugs, inhaled corticosteroids, but be careful never to use self-medication! A medical opinion is essential because they can have side effects, in particular altering the voice, the opposite of the desired effect. Fortunately it is reversible.

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