Soothing a Hoarse Voice

Ginger tea with honey

Whether you wake up with a hoarse voice or scratchy throat because of a cold, sinus infection or a late night of too much New Year’s Eve champagne, the right beverage can help save the day when you’re recovering.

The key? Making sure your drinks are warm (not cold, not hot) and non-caffeinated, or you’ll risk irritating your throat even further.

It is common to be hoarse in the morning, as stomach juices tend to creep into your throat, especially if you eat right before going to bed. Going to sleep right after dinking alcohol can cause dryness as well, leading to hoarseness. Upon waking in the morning, consider one of these easy beverages to soothe your throat:

  • Ginger tea with honey
  • Warm water mixed with lemon
  • Warm water with apple cider vinegar

For extra help if you have a sore throat because of a cold, just dissolve a little salt and baking soda into warm water, and gargle for 30 seconds. And drinking plenty of water throughout the day can help keep your vocal cords hydrated and help temporarily lessen throat pain.

You should call a doctor anytime you’re worried about hoarseness or throat discomfort, particularly if it lasts more than a few days, as each individual case can range in severity and require different care. We’re always here for you when you need to consult a doctor, contact us.

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