After loosing my voice with the flu 18 days ago now it is coming back, but hoarse. How do I help my voice heal the correct way?
Melissa Kim M.S., CCC-SLP replies...
Excellent vocal hygiene is key as your voice recovers. Visit our web page at http://www.gbmc.org/home_voicecenter.cfm?id=1558 for a list of recommendations, but basic vocal hygiene guidelines would include:
1. Drink half your body weight in ounces of non-caffeinated, non-alcoholic fluids daily.
2. Maintain a "moist" atmosphere by using a warm-mist humidifier in your home.
3. Conserve your voice as much as possible; avoid hard coughing and throat clearing, yelling/ screaming, and prolonged loud talking.
Best of luck to you!