Hoarse Voice Remedy for Singers and Voice Users

Do you want to know how to get rid of hoarseness
effectively? If you are ready to finally treat your voice
the way it deserves to be treated then continue watching because in this video, I am talking
about effective hoarse voice remedies for singers and other voice users. You will learn about three steps you need
to take to treat your voice the right way. So, stay tuned and I will be right back. Hi and welcome! If you are here for the first time, I am Katarina
from How 2 Improve Singing and here on this channel, I share tips on how to use your voice
in a healthy and efficient way. So, if you are new here, consider subscribing
to my channel and hitting that bell notification below this video. And I am very curious to know what is your
preferred choice of hoarse voice treatment. Medication, lozenges, honey or anything else? Comment down below. Ok. So, you have a hoarse voice and you are wondering
how to treat hoarseness effectively. What can you do to get your beautiful voice
back as soon as possible? First, there are many reasons why you may
suffer from hoarseness. I talked about causes of hoarse voice in my
last video, which you can watch by clicking this link. And I will also link to it at the end of this
video. Different causes will require different treatment
options. In this video, let’s look at your options
when you experience hoarseness as a result of vocal fold swelling, either due to an infection,
such as common cold or flu, or due to voice overuse. Before I give you three steps to a healthy
voice, let me tell you what happens with your vocal folds when you sound hoarse due to overuse
or infection. Your vocal folds are made of several layers. When your vocal folds are swollen, there is
a build up of fluid just beneath the most superficial layer of the vocal folds. This is a protective mechanism, which creates
a cushion of fluid to prevent further damage to deeper layers of the vocal folds. The fluid build up makes the vocal folds thick. Thicker vocal folds sound hoarse or husky
and your voice may suddenly become deeper. So, the focus of hoarse voice treatment in
this case should be decreasing the amount of fluid build up, decreasing the vocal fold
swelling. How do you do that? Here are three steps you need to take in order
to give your voice the best chance to recover. Step 1 – Proper Hydration
If you are rolling your eyes and saying “what’s new?”, wait. Let me explain how adequate hydration works
and why it is so important to treat hoarseness. First, when you are sick, you are losing water
from your body through perspiration, so you need to replenish the lost fluids. That is common sense. But when you overuse your voice, the most
superficial layer of the vocal folds also gets damaged and it needs to be well hydrated
in order to be restored and maintain an adequate mucous coat to protect the vocal folds. Simply, dehydrated vocal folds become even
more susceptible to vocal injury. The protective mucous lining of the vocal
folds protects them from natural friction when you speak or sing. So, hydration basically helps protect your
voice from further damage. There are two ways of hydrating your vocal
instrument: internal and external hydration. Internal hydration is drinking plenty of fluids. External hydration is humidifying the air
and steaming your voice. Use a humidifier in the bedroom right beside
your bed. Steaming is a wonderful method of hydrating
your vocal folds directly and fast. And it also helps healing by dilating the
blood vessels. Just recently, I made a video about steaming
your voice so you can watch it here. Step 2 – Vocal Rest
Vocal rest simply means that you limit your voice use to essential communication needs. This can be challenging for some voice users
who love to talk or sing all the time. Because with every sound you make, the superficial
layer of the vocal folds gets broken and damaged, you want to just stop making any unnecessary
sounds. If you need to talk, do it gently. Don’t whisper, just use a gentle voice to
communicate your needs. During this period, opt for activities that
don’t require voice use. You can finally binge watch your favourite
show without feeling guilty. Step 3 – Choose Your Weapons Wisely
What do I mean by that? When our voice does not sound normally, or
when we get sick, many people tend to reach for medication and lozenges as their first
line of defence. However, some of these weapons can have adverse
effects on your voice. Some singers believe that medications, such as Aspirin or Ibuprofen, reduce vocal fold swelling and they even take them as a preventative
measure before high demanding performances. These medications reduce swelling and pain
but they also have an adverse effect on the voice. However, sometimes you simply need to take
this type of drug. In that case, avoid sudden and high impact
on the vocal folds, such as prolonged and excessive voice use, yelling, coughing or
grunting. The risk is small but there is a risk. Another group of drugs with known side effects
on your voice are decongestants, such as Sudafed. They have a drying effect on your body, including
the mucous covering of the vocal folds. If you can, avoid using medications with a
drying effect. But again, if you need to use them, increase
the intake of water to make up for their drying effect. What about lozenges and throat sprays? Many of these products cause dry mouth, throat,
and vocal folds, especially products that contain menthol and eucalyptus. Some lozenges even have a numbing effect,
which can mask the underlying problem. When you mask pain, you are more prone to
vocal injury due to overworking your vocal folds. So, chose lozenges with glycerin and pectin
if you want to give your throat a little bit of relieve. I will be talking about the best lozenges
for singers and voice users in my next video, so consider subscribing to this channel and
hitting the bell notification icon so that you get notified when a new video is out. Bonus tip
Consider hoarse voice treatment home remedy. For example, add honey to your tea. Honey contains antioxidants. And therefore, according to modern scientific
literature, honey could be considered a natural therapeutic agent for various medicinal purposes. Ginger also appears to have anti-inflammatory
properties. If your throat hurts as a result of an infection,
gargle with salt water and take an extra dose of vitamin C, which plays a role in keeping
your immune system healthy. Vocal fold swelling due to voice overuse should
go away within 24 to 48 hours. If you experience hoarseness as a result of
an infection, it should resolve itself when infection is no more present, which can take
1 to 2 weeks. So, now you know how to treat a hoarse voice
effectively. If you liked this video, please give me thumbs
up and share it with your friends. But don’t go too far! Check out my other videos down below. I hope to see you soon!


Thank you for watching! What is your first line of defence when you have a hoarse voice? Medications, lozenges, honey? Let me know?

Thank you for sharing!!! So great to find you through YTBosses! I’m just starting to realize how important good care for my
Voice is! Thanks for sharing! Ps. Great HOT script execution 🙌 Just subbed your channel

I'm learning the real definition of rest these days. The whole body needs it – physically, mentally, AND vocally! It's so interesting how it's all connected. Thanks for another great video, Katarina.

I am so discouraged I like to sing and my voice is staying hoarse i got hoarse in January from allergies and it’s July and I feel well but I’m still hoarse …

I just want to say, after searching “emergency vocal remedy” on YouTube, a few irrelevant/off subject videos came up before I found yours – but I’m glad I kept searching! You explained very clearly and slowly the reasons behind every ‘eye-rolling’ tip we might have already heard! And I’m just so much more hopeful after watching this, about the gig I thought I would have to cancel in two days! I have water, manuka honey & ginger tea, orange juice here and am taking it easy with the numbing lozenges from now on! Thank you so much lovely Katarina!

hi my name is david and i'm a singer i sing in churches, and it's about 6 months that i find out i have gastric reflux, i did a video laryngoscopy and accused that i had this voice problem but my voice it doesn't get totally hoarse It's pretty weird to describe the real state of my voice, 'cause my voice when she's "normal" it looks just like when I've sung a lot and when I try to warm her voice she's getting tired yet I don't know what to do Because I don't have more money to do the proper treatment. And I still depend on my parents … I ask that please someone help me

Am 16 years old but i swear that every one says that i have a voice of an old man who spent about 80 years smoking 😭🤦🏻‍♂️

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