Symptoms, remedies, treatments and care for Hoarseness


Hoarseness is a general term that describes abnormal voice changes. When hoarse, the voice may sound breathy, raspy, strained, or there may be changes in volume or pitch. The most common cause is acute laryngitis swelling of the vocal folds that occurs during a common cold, upper respiratory tract viral infection, or from voice strain. Serious injury to the vocal folds can result from strenuous voice use during an episode of acute laryngitis.


Drink and gargle with apple cider vinegar  Popularity: 89  Effectiveness: 3.9  
Inhale steam  Popularity: 85  Effectiveness: 3.2  
Eat honey  Popularity: 67  Effectiveness: 4.1  
Take black pepper  Popularity: 67  Effectiveness: 3.5  
gargle with salt water  Popularity: 67  Effectiveness: 3.4  
Take cayenne pepper  Popularity: 58  Effectiveness: 3.5  
Gargle with garlic solution  Popularity: 45  Effectiveness: 4.0  
Eat ginger  Popularity: 41  Effectiveness: 3.5  
Drink lemon juice  Popularity: 41  Effectiveness: 2.6  
Chew or gargle with cardamom tea  Popularity: 34  Effectiveness: 2.0  
Drink onion juice  Popularity: 23  Effectiveness: 2.8  
Take turmeric and milk  Popularity: 15  Effectiveness: 2.5  
Eat roasted grams  Popularity: 2  Effectiveness: 2.5  
Drink slippery elm tea  Popularity: 0  Effectiveness: 0.0  
Inhale lavender or chamomile oil  Popularity: 0  Effectiveness: 0.0  


Laryngitis is an inflammation of the voice box (larynx). This swelling causes distortion of the sounds and makes the voice raspy or hoarse.

Causes of laryngitis may include upper respiratory infection from the common cold, overuse of the vocal cords from talking, singing, or shouting, gastroesophageal reflux, smoking or the exposure to polluted air.

Symptoms of laryngitis include hoarseness, loss of voice, sore throat, congestion in the throat and coughing. Laryngitis is not often serious and in most cases resolves without treatment in about a week.


Gargle with salt water  Popularity: 131  Effectiveness: 4.1  
Drink or gargle with apple cider vinegar  Popularity: 114  Effectiveness: 3.6  
Gargle with lemon juice  Popularity: 97  Effectiveness: 3.2  
Take honey  Popularity: 95  Effectiveness: 3.9  
Take onion syrup  Popularity: 75  Effectiveness: 3.8  
Take ginger  Popularity: 67  Effectiveness: 4.0  
Dring peppermint tea  Popularity: 65  Effectiveness: 3.1  
Take garlic  Popularity: 59  Effectiveness: 3.9  
Take black pepper  Popularity: 34  Effectiveness: 3.0  
Take turmeric and Milk  Popularity: 5  Effectiveness: 2.8  
Drink licorice tea  Popularity: 3  Effectiveness: 3.2  
Inhale eucalyptus oil  Popularity: 2  Effectiveness: 3.2  
Take slippery elm  Popularity: 0  Effectiveness: 0.0  

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