Voice Preservation

Our voice is centered staged in our lives every day.

While majority of people use their voice to have conversations with others, people also use it for significant work purposes like singing, teaching, debating, public speaking, or possibly making funny voices and sounds for a cartoon show.

Since people use so much of their voice, voice problems sometimes occur like hoarseness, difficulty speaking, coughing or chocking when you swallow, and a lump sensation in your throat.

Common causes of voice problems

  • Straining vocal cords
  • Aging
  • Excessive smoking and drinking
  • Larynx cancer
  • Upper respiratory infections
  • Neurological diseases
  • Vocal nodules

Preventing Voice Problems

There are a number of ways to treat voice problems either by changing daily routines or through behavioral and surgical treatments by your physician.

Tips

  • Stay hydrated. Drink six to eight glasses of water daily.
  • Avoid or limit medications that dry out your vocal cords.
  • Limit alcohol and caffeine intake
  • Avoid or limit smoking and second-hand smoke.
  • Get the proper amount of rest which is 7-9 hours of sleep daily-for an adult.
  • Avoid overusing your voice
  • Avoid spicy food
  • Eat plenty of nutrients that have vitamin A, E, and C in them.
  • Consider voice therapy to learn breathing and voice techniques
  • Use a humidifier