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Gypsylady  (Level: 149.2 - Posts: 6104)
Mon, 28th Dec '09 11:28 AM


I was just fine Christmas morning, but went out in a terribly cold wind just a few feet away next door, and I was just fine until after dinner, when my voice disappeared. Does anyone have any home remedies or suggestions that have worked for you? Thanks!


Kimoira  (Level: 215.1 - Posts: 1201)
Mon, 28th Dec '09 11:35 AM

Warm salt water gargles always help an irritated throat if you can get past the taste

Mickeym  (Level: 88.2 - Posts: 1803)
Mon, 28th Dec '09 11:46 AM

There's good news and bad news. Sudden Laryngitis such as you describe is caused 99.9% of the time by a virus, mostly a cold virus. see
I'm assuming that you can swallow ok tho with a little hurting. If not see immediately.

The good news is that like a cold it will likely disappear within a couple of weeks (a treated cold lasts one week, and untreated cold last 7 days LOL). You may very well come down with a full cold.

The bad news is that all you can do for it is make the throat feel better with fluids, esp. warm sweet ones. And DONT TALK.
You didn't get the virus by going out in the cold. You got the virus by having a wonderful holiday and enjoying someone who was coming down with a cold!

And take your temperature....if it is very high you'd better treat it as a flu!!!!

Happy New Year,

Salzypat  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 5425)
Mon, 28th Dec '09 11:47 AM

I'm with Kimoira - gargle every hour or so with a teaspoon of salt in warm water and don't talk!

It maybe wasn't the cold air but may have been too much laughing and visiting or cigarette smoke. Hopefully by the time you read this you've had some improvement.

Chender  (Level: 205.0 - Posts: 160)
Mon, 28th Dec '09 12:40 PM

No voice? My husband thinks that makes the perfect woman!

My remedy is honey.

Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Mon, 28th Dec '09 1:47 PM

I gargle with Southern Comfort. The secret here is to SWALLOW the gargle. No fair spitting it out.

Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Mon, 28th Dec '09 1:48 PM

Oh yes, and don't forget to repeat as needed.

1mks  (Level: 221.1 - Posts: 5929)
Mon, 28th Dec '09 2:18 PM

Apple cider vinegar......gargle and spit out......this is even supposed to help with strep throat. HAS to be apple cider vinegar though NOT just plain clear vinegar.

Pennwoman  (Level: 163.1 - Posts: 2475)
Mon, 28th Dec '09 3:24 PM

Ibuprofen, which is an anti-inflammatory, as well as pain reliever is helpful too.

Gypsylady  (Level: 149.2 - Posts: 6104)
Mon, 28th Dec '09 5:18 PM

Thanks for all of your tips. I've tried the salt water, and the vinegar, only it was the wrong kind, and not the apple cider as Marsha suggested. If anyone has anymore suggestions, I'm still listening. It may just take some time to go away...


F5laur  (Level: 31.1 - Posts: 823)
Mon, 28th Dec '09 5:22 PM

Go wash your mouth out with soap, Dave!

Use equal parts of warm water and hydrogen peroxide, as long as you know how to NOT swallow when gargling.
This is good for any mouth or throat problems.

Hall's cough drops work wonders if you can stand the taste. Sucking on the cough drop slowly sooths the throat with a lot of menthol

Ladyvol  (Level: 213.0 - Posts: 5674)
Mon, 28th Dec '09 5:51 PM

Butterscotch candy will help ease a sore throat as will lemon and honey mixture...Cepastat is also good.

Kaufman  (Level: 269.9 - Posts: 3941)
Mon, 28th Dec '09 6:05 PM

I think thespians swear by Chloroseptic ...

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Mon, 28th Dec '09 6:24 PM

Chloraseptic works TOO well. It tends to make us forget we're not supposed to talk! My voice teachers always forbade us from using it, for fear we'd inflame our throats even further. But if you can still keep from talking, it has my vote, after the gargles.

Lodi  (Level: 107.5 - Posts: 2144)
Tue, 29th Dec '09 12:51 AM

More for sore throat than laryngitis, my doctor told me to gargle with children's liquid pain reliever. Do not swallow.

Surreyman  (Level: 274.6 - Posts: 2775)
Tue, 29th Dec '09 7:15 AM

In a land flowing with milk and honey, that's what to use ...........

Leaston  (Level: 42.6 - Posts: 838)
Tue, 29th Dec '09 8:17 AM

Try this libk, it tells you what to do or what not to do,hope it helps

Mickeym  (Level: 88.2 - Posts: 1803)
Tue, 29th Dec '09 11:50 AM

Ricola! I like the original and the honey herb. And as far as I know, I don't own stock in the company!!!!

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Thu, 31st Dec '09 2:13 AM

I always suck on ZINC lozenges
and gargle with warm water - using
either salt or Tea Tree Oil.

Also putting a few drops of Tea Tree Oil
on a QTip - and swizzling it lightly around
in my nostrils - helps me to avoid a
full-blown cold.

Hope that helps....

Collioure  (Level: 115.2 - Posts: 9952)
Thu, 31st Dec '09 4:37 AM

Amoxycillin !!!!!

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Thu, 31st Dec '09 8:12 AM

Do you really make that at home????
Tres habile, n'est-ce pas....

Nsinuosblufyxn  (Level: 106.3 - Posts: 274)
Thu, 31st Dec '09 8:01 PM

Dr Oz says that Slippery Elm is really good for your vocal cords. You can buy a bottle at a health food store, but I'm not sure about its flavor & I don't remember how often to take it.

Hope you get better soon & Happy New Year people,

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