You may not be aware of the fact that the voice can be badly affected by this nasty virus. The voice box is positioned at the top of the airway, (trachea), after all. So, just in case you get a dose, here are some things you can do to help yourself:
A Sore Throat?
Throat sweets might make you feel more comfortable but they don’t actually do anything to get rid of the germs. You will do yourself more good by gargling with 3 drops of Tea Tree essential oil in a medicine cup of warm water. Gargle for about 2 minutes every 2 hours. To keep the throat moist, drink comfortably hot water with a spoonful of honey and a squirt of lemon juice.
A Dry Cough?
Every time you cough, your vocal cords are brought together harshly. Because you have less breath to cushion this action, your cords will quickly become tired and dry. This can result in partial or total loss of voice relatively quickly if you are coughing frequently. The only way you can directly help your vocal cords is by using STEAM. You can use a purpose built steamer, (from larger pharmacies), or a bowl of hot water with a towel over your head. Breathe in the steam for about 10 minutes. Check the water is off the boil, of course, so that you don’t scald your face. More info to follow.
The best thing you can do is to keep hydrated. If you are coughing try to sip warm water every 15 minutes. Your voice really needs moisture, so it can also help if you avoid drinks that dehydrate you like coffee and Coca Cola.
Remember that if your voice starts to deteriorate, the best way to keep it working is to STOP TALKING! The vocal cords will self-repair if you give them a chance. So there you are. I really hope you don’t succumb to this nasty bug, but if the worst happens, I hope these tips help.
Good luck everyone.
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