How to treat a hoarse voice

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How to treat a hoarse voice
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Several medical conditions can cause a hoarse voice. These include a simple cold, overuse, or a serious throat infection. Hoarseness is sometimes accompanied by pain, although some people feel little discomfort. Fortunately, there are different ways to treat hoarseness and regain your voice. If your hoarse voice persists after you try self-treating it, you should visit your health care provider so he can determine the source of the problem.

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    Rest your voice. Fighting the urge to talk is difficult. But if you want to regain your voice, resting the vocal chords is your best option. Your vocal chords have the opportunity to heal, and the hoarseness will likely disappear within a day or two.

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    Treat cold and allergy symptoms. A hoarse voice can result from a cold or allergic reaction. There is no cure for the common cold. However, taking an over-the-counter medication can soothe symptoms and help you regain your voice. Additionally, taking allergy medication to stop a reaction can get rid of a hoarse voice. Take all medications as directed. Consult your health care provider before taking any over-the-counter medications if you have current medical issues or are taking any prescription medications.

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    Stay away from smoke or dust. If you're sensitive to air pollution, remove yourself from dusty or smoky areas. These environments produce dry air, which can irritate the vocal chords and cause hoarseness.

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    Talk in a low voice. If you have to use your voice, do so in a low tone. Whispering doesn't strain the vocal chords and promotes healing. On the other hand, attempting to speak in a normal voice or yelling can cause further injury and prolong the healing process.

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    Drink plenty of water. Keeping the vocal chords moist can cure hoarseness. Drink several glasses of water throughout the day. If possible, stay away from alcohol or caffeine. These beverages can dry the throat and vocal chords and worsen hoarseness.

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    If your voice doesn't return to normal within a couple of weeks, the problem may be bigger than a simple cold or allergic reaction. Make an appointment with your health care provider. In rare cases, hoarseness can indicate acid reflux or a throat disease.

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