Oh oh. When you wake up in the morning, you feel unwell. You only realize that you’ve been talking too much when you can no longer make a sound. To get your voice back and your ability to be yourself, read this guide!
Soothes Your Throat
Drink lots of water. It seems you should have expected your voice to be lost beforehand. The best way to comfort your vocal cords is to drink water. There’s nothing better for you right now than plain water. Drink water at room temperature to prevent your throat from being shocked by drinking water that is too cold or too hot.
You must drink lots of water. Not only does it restore your voice, but it’s also great for your body, digestive tract, skin, weight, energy levels and pretty much everything in between.
Gargle with salt water. Four times a day, warm the water in the microwave (until it’s warm enough but not hot) and dissolve a tablespoon of salt in it. Use this salt water solution to gargle. This method is useful for dealing with mucus in your throat.
Ignore the taste — because you don’t have to swallow it. In fact, if your throat is slightly inflamed, you may feel more comfortable after gargling.
Another option is to gargle with apple cider vinegar, although it tastes much less pleasant than salt water.
Consider drinking tea with honey and lemon. There are two reasons for this: Some people believe that tea (especially chamomile tea with honey and lemon) is a good throat lozenge. This method has been used for years. However, be aware that while acidic solutions are not good for your epithelial tissue (the tissue that makes up your vocal cords), tea and lemon are both acidic. So, what do you think?
However, there is nothing wrong with honey. Another option (though rarely used) is to drink a tablespoon of honey straight.
Put your head on the steam for five minutes twice a day. Water vapor can increase the humidity in your throat. This is also why you usually see famous singers wearing scarves around their necks when they are sick — because warm conditions are good for the throat.
Boiling water is an easy way to create steam, place a towel over your head and inhale the steam from the bowl, try adding essential oils, if you prefer. You can lie near the humidifier as well. Or turn on the hot water faucet, close the drain and inhale the steam. (Watch your water usage, especially in the dry season).
Use chewing gum. Many singers use the “slippery elm bandwagon” (the name may sound a little strange), the benefits of which have not been scientifically proven. Many people feel the benefits of this lozenge, although there is no scientific evidence to support it. Maybe the effect of this candy is only a placebo.
Even if there is no scientific evidence to support it, at least these lozenges are harmless. Chewing gum in general will help relieve your sore throat.
Filling Rest Your Throat
Give your voice time to rest. It is best to stop talking for a few days. Stopping talking is necessary for your epithelial tissue to recover. Besides that, silence is golden.
If you must communicate with someone, use notes and don’t whisper. Whispering can make your vocal cords work the way you scream. Using notes can also be fun, if you’re drawing something or creating a password that your note-taker needs to crack.
If your job requires you to speak loudly, use a tool to amplify your voice.
Chew gum or suck on candy so you have no other choice but to cover your mouth. This method will also increase saliva production.
Breathe in through your nose. Luckily you can do this automatically when you’re not talking and keep your mouth shut. How would you breathe if you didn’t? Breathing through your mouth will dry out your throat, so hopefully you don’t have a stuffy nose until your voice returns.
Do not take aspirin under any circumstances. If one of the reasons you’ve lost your voice is because you’ve been screaming too loudly, then you may have damaged capillaries. Aspirin can reduce blood clotting and cause bleeding, hindering your recovery.
There are other ways you can use to soothe your throat if it hurts. This will be discussed in the next section.
Do not smoke. It’s obvious isn’t it? If maybe you don’t know, smoking is the cause of a dry throat, as well as various other negative things for your health.
Smoking may be the reason your voice changes. Because your lungs use smoke to produce sound. Quit smoking, and you’ll feel better in no time.
Avoid acidic foods. Foods like tomatoes, chocolate, and citrus fruits are highly acidic, these acids can damage the tissue in your vocal cords. To make you feel more comfortable with your sore throat, it’s best to avoid these foods as much as possible.
Spicy food is also not good for your voice. Anything that causes a certain reaction should be avoided. (This is why plain water is so good for your throat — it’s very natural.)
Knowing When to Go to the Doctor
If your voice doesn’t return within 2 or 3 days, see a doctor. If you’ve been singing all night, it’s normal to lose your voice the next day. But if you lose your voice for no apparent reason, nor do you have other symptoms, it may be a sign of an even bigger problem. Consult your doctor for further recovery steps.
Solve other problems. If you lose your voice while recovering from a fever, then it’s best to address the underlying issue first, and your voice will likely return as well.
Do it slowly. Even if your voice gets better, continue to adopt healthy habits to maintain your voice. Think of it like finishing a dose of antibiotics, where if you feel better after a few days, you still need to finish. Continuing this habit will guarantee 100% recovery of your voice and keep it that way.
Stay away from dairy products (other than acidic foods) if you will be trying to sing during this time. Lining your throat won’t help, although you’ll feel better by then. You need to get rid of the mucus buildup in your throat, not add to it.