What causes laryngitis?
Swelling of the vocal cords prevents them from coming together properly which makes a change in the voice. Acute laryngitis usually occurs due to swelling of the vocal cords from a common cold, upper respiratory tract viral infection, or irritation caused by excessive voice use such as screaming at a sporting event or rock concert.
What can you do to prevent and treat mild hoarseness?
- If you smoke, quit.
- Avoid substances that dehydrate the body, such as alcohol and caffeine. Avoid secondhand smoke.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Humidify your home.
- Watch your diet & avoid spicy foods.
- Try not to use your voice too long or too loudly.
- Seek professional voice training.
- Avoid speaking or singing when your voice is injured or hoarse.