(Closed) Help me get my voice back!

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
1927 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Gargle salt water or vinegar. This should kill the germs in your throat. It may burn but it has always helped me.

If you have a steamer use it. If you don’t have a steamer boil some water and breathe it in. (this will also help if you have any sinus pressure due to the cold)

Drink lots of fluids.

Post # 4
1645 posts
Bumble bee

Hello from an ex-opera singer!

First: Absolute silence. No talking! Your cords need to rest.

Other than that I don’t know your symptoms. Is your throat sore? Are you coughing. For a hoarse voice silence is key, other than that I need to know what’s wrong. :/

Post # 6
46408 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Healthlinkbc is a free service available to all British Columbians. You can access their website or call and speak with a nurse at 811.


Here is the info on laryngitis: http://www.healthlinkbc.ca/kb/content/mini/ue5046.html

You can do the Check Your Symptoms online if you choose.

ps be very careful with medical advice solicited from strangers online.

Post # 7
27 posts
  • Wedding: September 2012

Oh I feel your pain! I lost my voice on Christmas Eve, the evening I had a singing gig! It’s not an immediate remedy, but I mixed together a mug of hot water, 1 Tbsp of lemon juice,  1 Tbsp of honey and a bit of sugar (to cut the sour taste). 

If you can stomach it, mix 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar in half a glass of water, 3 times a day. It’s nasty, but I’ve had many other singer friends swear by it!

Good luck to you and here’s hoping you’re back in the classroom in no time!


Post # 8
1645 posts
Bumble bee

@MademoiselleL: Take Mucinex. Mucinex D is the strongest, but you need a prescription. Get some Mucinex DM–that’s the next best I think. That’ll help get all the mucus out. Try to avoid anti-histamines as they dry you out (they also make me mentally fuzzy for like two days), and what your cords need is MOISTURE. Drink drink drink! Hot tea, water, as much as you can! Hot tea will soothe your throat. Add lemon and honey. In a pinch–you can spray Afrin right into your throat. It’s not something to do often. It’s a nasal spray, but you can put it right on your cords and it should help in an emergency. Rest, though, is the most important thing.

Post # 11
3482 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

First and foremost, if you must speak, do not whisper. This will irritate your throat more. Speak in a nice low pitch instead, this is the most relaxed state you can put your vocal cords in while talking.

Take long, hot showers and let the steam do its magic, and gargle with salt water as others have suggested. If you’re feeling sinus pressure and are having a lot of post-nasal drip (I know this really irritates my throat) I would pick yourself up a neti pot and use it after a good steam.

Post # 13
2392 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

If you can get ginger root at the grocery store, break off a piece of that (can peel it or not) and chew/suck on it for several minutes or as long as you can stand.  Someone at work suggested that to me when I lost my voice and it really helped.

Post # 14
4385 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Definitely try hot water with some lemon! I’ve found it works wonders 🙂

Post # 15
931 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

No caffeine! Period. Drink TONS of water. But NEVER cold water — make sure it’s room temperature or better.

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