Causes and Symptoms
Hoarseness may be caused by certain infections, taking of hot and cold substances alternately, or any abnormal growth and infection produced by chroojc tuberculosis. In addition to difficulty in articulation, the patient suffers from a coated tongue, pain on swallowing. Sometimes the patients suffer from fever and also are accompanied by a burning sensation in the throat. Constipation tends to aggravate the condition.
Treatment of Hoarseness
Cough suppressants are sometimes used to prevent recurrent irritation of the vocal cords from coughing. Hoarseness that persists for longer than two weeks should be evaluated by doctor as soon as possible.
Powder of Vasti Madhu and Vacha should be given in one-teaspoonful doses thrice a day with honey. Saline gargles or gargles with the decoction of the bark of the acacia tree are recommended as a palliative.
Medicines and Prescriptions
Khadiradi Vati or Eladi Vati should be sucked as lozenges.
Diet and Other Regimen
Spicy foods should be avoided as they cause or worsen acid reflux and hoarseness. Chillies and other condiments should also be avoided. Foods that are heavy or fatty should be avoided. One should also stay away from smoking and drinking alcohol.
Any strain on the voice should be avoided as far as possible at that time. It is advisable not to use voice too long or too loudly and avoid speaking or singing.
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