Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Voice Loss Due to Flu - Starting to Regain

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!

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