Season changing .
The wind is turning cooler.
I love fall and winter.
Love the winter clothes,the food and the cold crisp air.Life is perfect.
Only one hitch.
This is also cold and cough season!
You can suddenly have hoarseness ,sore throat ,Allergic Rhinitis.
You may find your voice lost, after a bout of shouting over the music at the party.
Biggest myth about hoarseness?
You should gargle a lot with warm water .
Gargling will make your vocal cords even more tired and you hoarser.
When should you gargle ?
When you have throat pain and no hoarseness.
Can you have hoarseness without a cold?
Yes you can be hoarse ,without sore throat.
Hoarseness may be due to:
- Excessive smoking
- Improper use of voice
- Excessive singing
What can you do to help your voice?
*No speaking at all over the next 36 hours.
*Use sign language, written words.The more disciplined you are about this ,better it is.
*Plain water steam inhalation 3 to 4 times a day through mouth. Be careful while taking Steam.Don’t burn yourself.
*Have soft warm food.
*Take multivitamin tablets for a few days.
*Chicken soup if you are non vegetarian can be included in your meals.
*Avoid spicy oily food.
*Fruits and veggies are a must too.
All this together will help you get better.But the first two are most important.
When you should consider visiting a doctor?
- Difficulty breathing or swallowing
- Severe pain in throat .
- If your voice has been hoarse for more than three weeks.Specially if you haven’t had a cold or the flu.
- If you are coughing up blood .
- If you feel a lump in your neck
- If you have pain when speaking or swallowing,
- Lose your voice completely for more than a few days.
Want a second opinion?
You can also consult me online .
This is my Day 18 post for NaBloPoMo .
Disclaimer :This is meant as health information and should not be confused for professional advice.