Losing Your Voice: 5 Myths for Remedies

In addition, hot toddies are often made with tea and lemon or orange, which promote acid reflux.

"In the end they're actually causing more damage than good," Franco said.

Myth: Whisper if you want to be heard.

Answer: False

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Forcing sounds when the vocal folds are inflamed is not recommended for fast healing because it smacks the vocal folds together with more force than they normally use.

'Mechanical stress causes inflammation on its own," Franco said.

The extra stress on the folds, from whispering or even loud throat clearing, can exacerbate already inflamed and irritated tissues, increasing the time required to heal.

Resting the vocal folds and throat by keeping silent is one of the best ways to promote healing. This would include refraining from singing, minimizing time spent on the telephone and avoiding whispering or talking over loud music or crowds.

But a person's natural tendency to want to be heard can interfere with this plan.

"People keep using or abusing their voice while they're sick," Rosen said. "The vocal folds are much more prone to permanent injury [polyps, cysts, scar tissue] when they're swollen."

The problem is particularly bad for people who use their voices often during work, including singers, teachers, salespeople and radio and television personalities. Any extra inflammation or damage can affect them more than someone who does not use their voice as often.

"Whenever they get a cold, it seems to affect their voice disproportionately more than anything else," Franco said.

Ultimately, for anyone, regaining a lost voice is simply a matter of time.

"Listen to your voice if it's complaining to you because it's probably telling you something," Hogikyan said.

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