symptoms usually go away on their own within 2 weeks. You can help speed your
recovery with the following home treatment:
Rest your voice. You do not have to stop
speaking entirely, but use your voice as little as possible. Speak softly but
do not whisper because whispering can actually irritate your larynx more than
speaking softly. Avoid talking on the telephone or trying to speak
Try not to clear your throat. This can cause further injury
and inflammation to your larynx. Taking a nonprescription cough suppressant
medicine may help if you have a dry cough that does not produce
Stop smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke. Cigarette
smoke irritates the throat and larynx and makes existing inflammation
Use a humidifier in your home. Humidity helps to thin the
mucus in the nasal membranes that causes stuffiness or postnasal
Drink plenty of fluids.
Relieve nasal stuffiness.
The nose helps to humidify inhaled air, which keeps mucus at its proper
saline nasal wash may help.
gastroesophageal reflux. To help prevent or reduce
reflux that can irritate or damage your larynx, try not to eat right before you
go to bed, reduce the amount of coffee and alcohol you drink, and eat healthy
foods. Taking nonprescription acid reducers can help when these prevention
measures are not enough.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
December 28, 2010
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