I had planned to see a concert the other day (it’s always exciting when you can sit back and relax with friends at a show). Unfortunately, it was canceled at the last minute because the singer came down with laryngitis and lost his voice. I was certainly disappointed that the performance got canceled, but I was also concerned for the singer.
Laryngitis is any singer or public speaker’s worst nightmare. In fact, it is a pretty uncomfortable illness for anyone who uses their voice on a daily basis. It is a condition where your voice box (larynx) and vocal cords become irritated or inflamed. In most cases, acute laryngitis is caused from viral infections, such as the common cold or flu. The overuse of your voice from cheering or singing can also lead to laryngitis. In rare cases, the bacterial infection diphtheria may be the cause of acute laryngitis.
How Do You Cure Laryngitis?
Treatment for acute laryngitis is fairly simple: avoid using your voice as much as possible and consume lots of water and everything should be back to normal within a couple of weeks. Laryngitis may also be a sign from your body to cut back on smoking or drinking alcohol, since both cause irritation in the voice box.
However, chronic laryngitis may form from constant exposure to irritants such as allergens, toxic fumes, caffeine, cigarette smoking, or asthma inhalers. It is best to avoid these substances. Other causes of chronic laryngitis include acid reflux or gastroesophageal disease (GERD), chronic coughing and sinusitis, and viral infections like mumps or measles.
The Homeopathic Laryngitis Cure
I’m a huge fan of homeopathic remedies. For example, the most beneficial homeopathic remedy for overexerted vocal cords is argentum nitricum, which is prepared from watered down silver nitrate. The remedy is also recommended when laryngitis is connected with stage fright and anxiety. Argentum nitricum is also effective for other throat conditions such as chronic hoarseness and loss of voice.
When a singer belts out a high note and it causes coughing, argentum nitricum is very effective. Argentum nitricum is a great remedy for a person who feels thick mucus in the airways or a splinter in the larynx when they swallow. They may also choke and food may lodge in the upper throat. They may feel like they are paralyzed with dry and burning skin. Warmth is known to make laryngitis worse with these people, while cool air actually makes the condition better.
To treat acute laryngitis, it is best reduce the dosages of argentum nitricum when your symptoms decrease. Take a potency of 6c, 12c, or 30c every hour. One dose daily for a long period of time is usually recommended for chronic laryngitis.
Other Natural Remedies for Laryngitis
Homeopathic remedies are typically recommended for a person based on particular symptoms. For laryngitis, a homeopath may also prescribe aconitum—especially from sudden symptoms. Homeopathic phosphorus is a common remedy for bronchitis, coughs, and laryngitis. Kali bichromicum is also considered the most effective remedy for sinuses, but can also be used for laryngitis and other throat conditions. Other common homeopathic remedies for laryngitis include spongia tosta, causticum, arsenicum album, ammonium carbonicum, or ambra grisea.
Antibacterial foods that can provide relief for laryngitis include apple cider vinegar, ginger, onions, garlic, lemon juice, honey, and warm salt water. Slippery elm and eucalyptus oil are also known to provide natural treatment for laryngitis. It is also best to avoid foods that cause acid reflux such as coffee, fried foods, or anything spicy.
Remember, when you still can’t speak for more than two weeks, seek advice from a doctor or a natural health practitioner.
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