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How to Keep Your Throat Healthy With 6 Easy Tips

Updated on July 28, 2016
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Respected vocal coach Audrey Hunt believes singing is our birthright. "If you can speak, you can sing. Here's how."

We rarely give much thought to our throat unless it begins to hurt, feel dry, or make no sounds when you wake up. When this happens, we go from not giving our throats much though to not giving much thought to anything else. Especially when we feel pain every time we swallow. Then we run around looking for something to take to help it return to normal.

During flu and cold season, most of us are getting better at preparing to head off as many germs as possible. We build up our immune system, get a flu shot, wash our hands more often, and learn to direct our cough and sneezes into our bent arms.

You can't be a part of the human race and not come into contact with all sorts of germs and people who are sick. Practicing good health habits is the best way to avoid getting sick.

Anatomy of the throat
Anatomy of the throat | Source

Six Ways For Keeping Your Throat Healthy

Your throat is a finely tuned structure of tissues, nerves, glands, and blood vessels. It needs looking after. If you overuse some of the delicate organs and tissues of the throat, you’ll end up with problems or even damage to those organs and tissues.

Learning how to take care of your throat is easy, and in most cases the benefits are well worth the effort. Here are six of my favorite ways for keeping your throat healthy.

1. Protect Your Throat from Cold Temperatures

Get in the habit of wearing a scarf around your neck to keep the throat area warm. Do you know that the neck is one of the most overlooked sources of heat loss? Anywhere from 40-50% of our body heat can be lost from the surface of the head and neck. Changes in extreme temperature, such as going from a heated car into the cold outside and vice versa, should be avoided when possible.

2. Avoid Sharing Eating Utensils

Don't ever drink from the same glass, cup, or bottle that someone else is using, as you may be at risk of cross-contamination. The same is true for sharing eating utensils and even napkins.

3. Clean Your Toothbrush

One source of infection that is overlooked by most people is the toothbrush. Left overnight, it can be a potential source of problem for the throat and mouth. Every morning, before brushing the teeth, soak your toothbrush in a glass of hot salt water (a teaspoon will suffice). This will help to disinfect the toothbrush and also helps keep it clean.

Replace your toothbrush or toothbrush head regularly. The ADA recommends replacing your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months and sooner if the brush becomes frayed. It's also a good idea to store your toothbrush upright and avoid storing in closed containers. Keep your toothbrush in a dry climate instead of a moist environment which is conducive to microorganisms.

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4. Gargle With Salt

Gargle every night with a mixture of warm water and salt. Just a pinch of salt will do. During cold and flu season, this is a habit that will help to disinfect the mouth and throat. This is a timeless remedy, in fact -- your grandmother probably knew the benefits of making this a habit. If you catch a sore throat early enough, salt water will give you fast relief.

Bonus tip: Salt water can also be used to clear a stuffy nose. Just lightly sniff the above mixture into each nostril. You'll instantly begin breathing better through the nose.

5. Use Honey and Ginger To Protect Your Throat

One of the very best ways to protect the throat is with ginger juice and honey. After a good brush in the morning, squeeze a little fresh ginger juice (3-4 ml) with 5 ml of honey, and see for yourself what a good insurance policy this is for protecting your throat all day.

  • I make my own ginger juice by boiling 2-3 slices of real ginger (found in the vegetable section), then cooling it a little.
  • I have also used turmeric. Simply take 1/2 cup of hot water and add a pinch of salt and 5 grams of turmeric powder to it. Drink this every night during cold and flu season to protect your throat.
  • Another tip for relieving sore throat pain is to gargle with warm water and cayenne pepper.

6. Vocal Warm Ups For Professionals and Teachers

Daily vocal warm ups are a must for singers, speakers, doctors, actors and the like. However, not just any warm ups will do. In fact, some warm ups can do more damage to the throat than not engaging in any warm ups.

  • Slow, gentle humming on comfortable tones are excellent warm-ups. Feel for vibrations across the mask area. To keep the lips loose and relaxed, include the buzzing sound (buzz your lips the same way you would on a baby’s belly to make the baby giggle).
  • Sigh lightly on a soft 'ahhhh,' feeling completely relaxed. Even yawning is an excellent warm up for the voice.

Healthy Tips For The Voice

Severe Throat Conditions, Polyps, Infections

Strep throat
Strep throat
Polyps or vocal nodules (nodes)
Polyps or vocal nodules (nodes)
Severe sore throat with infection
Severe sore throat with infection

When The Vocal Cords Are Inflammed

Fungus and bacteria can affect the vocal cords in several different ways:

  • When the tissue is inflamed, the vocal cords swell making them stiffer. The vocal pitch becomes deeper from the swelling, and if the vocal cords become stiff enough, they may stop vibrating, and the person loses his or her voice (laryngitis). This is primarily from the inflammatory response of the body against the offending virus, fungus, or bacteria.
  • Some types of viruses, fungus, and bacteria can physically grow on the surface of the vocal cord, and then they act like a tumor. The growth can act as a weight on a vocal cord, which stiffens the vibrating surface of the vocal cords or creates an irregularity on a vocal cord. (A possible polyp or node).
  • Treatment may involve medication or at times a surgical procedure. Obviously, you want to avoid this at all costs. This can be prevented by protecting the voice from straining, yelling, and smoking.

A Description of The Throat

The larynx, or voice box, is located in the neck and performs several important functions. The larynx is involved in swallowing, breathing, and voice production. Sound is produced when the air that passes through the vocal cords causes them to vibrate and create sound waves in the pharynx, nose, and mouth. The pitch of sound is determined by the amount of tension on the vocal folds (cords).

Last But Not Least: Preventative Care For The Throat

By following the above six tips you will have more control over keeping your throat healthy. Preventative measures are always best.

Begin now to form better habits on a daily basis. Should you have questions on throat problems, I am available to answer them below.

"If your body is not in shape to sing from the diaphragm you will push and push but keep falling back on your throat to make the sound. This will ruin your voice" -- Luciano Pavarotti

Recipes For Natural Gargling and Sore Throat Cures

© 2011 Audrey Hunt

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    • Happyboomernurse profile image

      Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      Great hub about protecting one of our most prescious resources- our throat and voice. The preventive measures that you've listed sound easy to follow, but I've never heard of them. Thanks for sharing this useful information. Voted up, useful and interesting.

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      Charlotte B Plum 5 years ago

      This hub applies to me, as I have been feeling like i've about fall ill anytime!

      Since you mentioned warm ups, can you do a hub on the most effective vocal warm ups, and the most damaging too? Whenever I have to do early morning singing I'm always wondering how best to get my voice out. I would really love to read that =)

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      Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Great advice here. Just this morning while taking my walk, I was cold. Tomorrow I will wear a scarf. I had no idea we lose so much heat from the throat area. Thanks vocalcoach. You are always so helpful and full of knowledge.

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      Gypsy Willow 5 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Wonderful, graphically illustrated hub. I love scarves and shall make sure to wear one as soon as the temperature drops! Thanks for the information.

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      drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

      You now have a new appellation, Audrey - the one and only astounding 'Throat Maven.' Very useful information, m'dear. Thank you.

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      Admiral_Joraxx 5 years ago from Philippines

      Wow!, this is surprisingly amazing! You laid out well the importance and the proper care of one of the less cared about part of the body. Thanks a lot for sharing this. 1 vote up and useful!

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      timorous 5 years ago from Me to You

      Very good points Audrey. Turmeric has in fact very good anti-biotic qualities. It has been used in India for treating all types of infection for centuries. Be careful with it though..it stains easily.

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      timorous - Great to see you, my friend. Although I have used turmeric for some time now, I did not know that turmeric was an anti-biotic, or had the qualities of an anti-biotic. That is great information as is knowing that it stains easily.

      Thank you so much, for adding this useful information.

      vocalcoach~

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      mathair 5 years ago from Ireland

      Great Hub - My little girl is always getting throat infections so it is great to have some good advice. Voted up!

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      mathair - Gargling with salt water is absolutely one of the best habits you can teach her. If she insists on not trying to gargle, just pretend that you are both going to have a race to see who can garle the longest. But so be careful not to swallow to much salt. Thanks.

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      Paradise7 5 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thanks for all the good advice.

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      b. Malin 5 years ago

      I have never been able to take the Cold Weather, especially my Throat and Lungs. This Hub was a Wonderful read Vocalcoach...With Lots of good Healthy Info. I will be heading South in Dec. but until then...Thanks!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Awesome advice! I had heard most of these tips before but not cleaning your toothbrush. These are great tips that any singer can follow without too much trouble.

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Thankyou randomcreative for your comments. Appreciate your acknowledgement about cleaning the toothbrush. I have found this tip to make a big difference as germs are not being transmitted into the body through the toothbrush.

      vocalcoach~

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      SusieQ42 5 years ago

      Great info, vocalcoach. I can't say the same for those ugly throat pictures though. I do plan on taking your advise. Thank you.

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Admiral - Really appreciate your comments and vote. It really is amazing when we stop to think about all that can happen when we forget to protect out throat. So nice to see you. Thanks.

      vocalcoach~

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      Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Good morning vocalcoach. I just wanted to tell you that I took your advice. When I went for my morning walk, I wrapped a scarf around my throat. It is about 45 degrees with a very soft rain and a chill breeze and I never even got cold! I also had the scarf over my head so I could keep my ears warm. Thanks for the tips.

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      SuzieQ - I realize some of the throat pictures are not pleasant to look at. Just wanted to show what really happens when the throat is neglected. Glad you liked the article and thanks so much for your comments. :)

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Hyphenbird - So glad to hear that you are wearing a scarf to protect you from the cold. It really does make a difference in your over all health. Its great that you are walking. Though walking is a great exercise to do anytime, the morning is best! Thanks, dear one.

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Dear friend, vocalcoach. You have valuable information. I should give more attention to my throat. I am glad to follow your tips. Thanks for writing and share with us. Well done and vote up!

      Prasetio

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 5 years ago from Lagos

      A very great, useful and informative hub. I am blessed. Great tips

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Well, I thank you so much for your comments. BTW, I so enjoyed your hub yesterday and look forward to reading more articles by you. Thank you.

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      drbj - Oh, thank you my wonderful friend. You know that you are the best, don't you? And now I am off to explore your hubs and eager to see what delicious treats are awaiting for us all!

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Gypsy Willow - How nice to see you! Thank you for your comments. I must go see what your hubs have in store for me now. Thank You!

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      b. Malin - Hello, ny friend! I liked your comments as I feel about cold weather like you do. I loved living in Hawaii for that reason. I'm so glad that you liked this hub. Please take good care of yourself. Hugs.

      vocalcoach~

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Happyboomernurse - I am forever doing research on protecting the throat, what with the cold weather coming on and singers voices to protect.

      If just a few people have learned something new about taking care of their throat, I am thrilled. That includes you, dear lady. Thank you so much!

      vocalcoach~

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      treat gout naturally - I'm very glad to see you here. Appreciate your comments and will check out the link to your hub!

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Charlotte - Love your comments! And I have to thank you for the suggestion for a new hub. Wow! I will get right on it...and thanks a bunch!!!

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      what about Tea? I have a friend who is the growler in a heavy metal band and he says tea keeps his throat healthy and allows him to be able to perform 200 times a year without pain or hoarseness.

      good Hub!

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Herbal tea, especially lemon, can help singers and speakers. Thanks.

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      That's what i hear/ Thanks again for writing this!

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Anytime. It is my joy.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Up, useful, and interesting. Great useful information. I am beginning an album soon and I have noticed that my throat hurts after just a few songs. I believe I will take longer warmups and do them daily. I never knew to cover the outside throat from the cold or the ginger/honey coating on the throat. Very wise tips and many thanks for this solid information.

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Thank you thelyricwriter for your great comments. I am so glad you found something here that you can use. And your throat should never hurt after singing, so be sure you are good and relaxed and not holding tension in the neck and shoulder area. Also, don't oversing. Keep me posted on your album!

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Paradise7 - So glad you enjoyed this hub. And BTW - you have written such great hubs yourself!

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Prasetio - Hello, my friend. It is always a joy to see you. I am pleased that you found my hub useful. Turmeric really is a natural wonder drug for the throat. My vocal students have been using it with pure honey to heal sore throats. By the next day, the troat is fine. Thank you for your support and voting. Blessings.

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      cristina327 5 years ago from Manila

      Great hub, great tips to live by. These are indeed great wealth of information. Thank you for sharing these useful tips. May you be blessed today and always. Best regards.

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Dear Cristina327 - Thank you for liking my hub. I'm glad these tips are helpful to you. It is a joy to add you to my list of friends here on wonderful Hubpages. I appreciate your blessings sent to me and want you to be blessed as well.

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      Derdriu 5 years ago

      VocalCoach: What a helpful, practical, useful presentation on how to take care of one's throat and therefore of one's voice! It is most helpful the way in which you not only explain the challenge but also provide six preventative and protective measures. It also is interesting the way in which you identify key conditions, both by clear discussions and graphic photos. The quotes at the end also are most effective in summarizing your concerns over the voice, as entryway to the body (Pavarotti) and as expression of thoughts (Buddha).

      Thank you, etc.,

      Derdriu

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Derdriu - Your comments are most welcomed. You have given me good detail and feedback. I truly appreciate it!

      This is one of the best comments I have received and I thank you so much!

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      plinka 5 years ago from Budapest, Hungary

      Hi, I like your tips, they are quite useful as I have a flu. I'm trying everything to recover from my illness. Cleaning the toothbrush is a good idea. I will also try salty water, I know this method anyway, I've just forgotten it. Gargling with lemon juice is also an effective way, though it's more expensive. The part for professionals is also interesting, I may apply it to one of my friends who is a professional singer. I like the "send me a comment" photo at the end of the hub. :-)))) Great hub, voted up!

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Dear plinka - So sorry you have the nasty flu. I just hate getting the flu and I hope you are beginning to recover. Your comments are detailed and specific - helpful for me. I thank you for that. And I'm glad you like my "attack dog" photo for comments.

      Take good care of yourself. Thanks so much.

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      zzron 5 years ago from Houston, TX.

      Very nice tips. Even though I do not sing, I do talk a lot so I believe I will try this.

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      Carolyn Sands 5 years ago from Hollywood Florida

      Hi Vocalcoach, thanks for the nice info. I am the only one in my family that seldom suffer with a cold or the flu. I guess I'm doing something right. Voted up and useful.

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      Dr Mohamed Rabie 5 years ago

      Sore throat is a good health problem that almost everyone has experience more than once during his/her life.

      Great advice!

      Thanks!

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      Dr Mohamed Rabie 5 years ago

      Sore throat is a good health problem that almost everyone has experience more than once during his/her life.

      Great advice!

      Thanks!

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      formosangirl 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Great hub. My mom always tells me to wear a scare. I now know why. Plus, the worst part of a cold is the sore throat. I will try some of your suggestions.

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Yes Zzron - This article is applicable to everyone. Preventative measures are important, especially for those of us who dislike having a sore throat. I like your comments. Thanks for visiting!

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      Apryl Schwarz 5 years ago from Nebraska

      Great advice! It is so much easier to take preventative measures to avoid a sore or infected throat than it is to treat it once it has showed up.

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      Deborah Annie Rangel 5 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan

      Awesome, well written and full of useful information, protecting the throat during winters is really a tough job. Seems all easy to me now :p

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      carol3san - You are lucky that you never have throat problems. Wonderful! Very nice to see you here and thank you for your nice comments.

      Dr. Mohammad Rable - Gee, thanks so much for stopping by and leaving the nice comment. Appreciate it!

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      formosangirl - Your mom gave you very good advice. Nice to see you here. Thank you!

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      Support Med. 5 years ago from Michigan

      Very useful info and I'm taking the gargling with salt water literally -- been doing it everyday for about 2 weeks now and the benefits show. Just could not seem to get rid a throat irriation I had, but the salt water has made things well again.Wearing a neck scarf is a definite essential for me. Good one and very educational too. voted and rated.

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Apryl ~ You are so right about preventative measures. Very glad to see you here and hope you visit again soon. Thank you.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I'm involved with acting and directing, so these are necessary tips for me. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Alecia Murphy 5 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      I don't sing but I do use my voice. Thank you for sharing these helpful tips!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Great hub! I am all about hydration, gargling with salt water, using my neti pot and washing my hands frequently---I sing and exercise everyday!

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Deborah ~ I'm so glad you found my hub useful and full of good information. I really appreciate you taking time to read and comment. Thanks very much!

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      alocsin ~ Thanks for voting my hub up and useful. And thanks for taking good care of your throat!

      Alecia ~ These tips are food for all of us. I'm glad you liked them. Thank you.

      Dear Audrey ~ It doesn't surprice me that you are so good about using these tips. I'm like you - wash my hands all day everyday. Thank you so much Audrey.

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      NOYB 4 years ago

      omg this is a great use and awsom news. Keep em commming Doctor!

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      NOYB - Thank you for reading my hub. I'm not quite a Doctor yet as I don't have a PHD. But thanks for the compliment:)

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      jamaru 4 years ago

      i have a sick thort so what sold i do?

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      Gowtham.t 4 years ago

      exllent

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      siva 4 years ago

      saved me... thanks a lot...

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      jamaru - The best thing to do is to gargle with warm salt water. If the sore throat persists - please go see your Doctor!

      Gowtham - Thanks so much!

      siva - I'm so glad you read this. Thanks you!

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      rahul 3 years ago from Bangalore

      vocalcoach,you tips are quite natural,we in used to gargle with hot water whenever we have throt infection.Very useful hub.I am voting up and sharing.

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      krbairam - Gargeling with warm salt water is just about the best way to cure a sore throat (unless it is strep.) Thanks for finding this hub useful and for voting up and sharing. Appreciate it!

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      Carolyn Sands 3 years ago from Hollywood Florida

      Thanks for all of this great advice. About once or twice a year I suffer with a simple soar throat for a few days...nothing serious, and usually during the winter months. But it is a quick turn round when I gargle with salt and warm water.

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      carol3san - Thanks so much for being here and for taking time to comment! I appreciate you for confirming how well the saltwater works for a sore throat. Good health to you! ~ Audrey

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      Edna 2 years ago

      It's hard to find any throat/vocal treatments tips, i love this post. I think honey, ginger and vocal train are the best, but the salt water also good to kill bacterias : http://throatproblems.webs.com/ , great post Madam. Thanks

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Edna - Thanks for being here. I appreciate your kind comments. Please feel free to visit some of my other articles on singing and throat problems.

      Good health and happiness to you.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Great suggestions for throat care!

      How painful it is if your throat goes wrong and I know singers always have to take care of their throat. Ginger-Honey always works for me and even salted water gargle.

      Thanks for sharing this useful and informative hub! Voted up and shared on HP!

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      Rebecca 2 years ago from USA

      Useful! Voted up and shared.

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      ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE 2 years ago from KOLKATA

      I go for salted water gargle after dinner. It works for me to keep at bay sore throat or tooth cavity related problems while working as a mouth wash as well. Thanks for the useful hub.

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      Mary Wickison 2 years ago from Brazil

      Your hub came up in my feed today and it was very timely as I now can't speak above a whisper or it is crackly.

      I will keep going with the salt water. I never considered cleaning the toothbrush before using it. It is a good idea especially in the tropics where there are insects all over the place.

      Although ginger is difficult to find, I do have lemon so will use that as well.

      As you say, prevention is the way to go.

      Great advice. Voted up and useful and shared.

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      femi 2 years ago from Nigeria

      I fight with cold aand sore throat all the time even now, very useful stuf. Thanks and voted up

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      ChitrangadaSharan

      I use plain salt water to gargle with when my throat is sore. Thank you for sharing your comments my friend. Have a beautiful day.

      Bishop55

      Thank you for finding this information useful and for voting up.

      ARUN KANTI

      I, too, use a salt water gargle. I do believe this is the best solution for keeping a healthy throat. Thank you for being here.

      Blond Logic

      I hope by now you are over your laryngitis and speaking once again. After reading your comments I'm glad I wrote this hub. One thing to remember for protecting your throat is to avoid whispering. Thanks and happy thoughts.

      tony55

      Hi there. I'm sorry to hear that you suffer with colds and sore throats. Miserable stuff! Thank you for your comments tony.

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      brijesh barot 2 years ago

      meri voice bahuta hi kharab he

      Muje allergy reh ti he (zhukham)

      Is li ye me sing nahi kar sakta ta or mere galeme kaf jada reh tahe

      To kaf nikal jaye or mera gala clean ho jaye aesi dava muje do

      Plz

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      Joel Mugabi 2 years ago from Kasubi

      Hello doctor. Am having a throat blockage characterised by stick mucus and fliud.but i have tried all medicines but the blockage has insisited. I need your help

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      Kelly 2 years ago from NJ, USA

      Great article and very timely. More people are getting diagnosed with vocal chord cancer, which is very curable.

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      Manasi4 2 years ago

      i do gargle with salt occasionally and honey does help during coughs

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      Stephanie 2 years ago from Canada

      These are some great tips to stay healthy! I knew some, but I definitely learned a few new things. I hadn't thought of keeping my toothbrush clean, but it makes perfect sense, and wearing a scarf is so easy! Thanks for the great ideas!

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      martin shononglii 2 years ago

      "If i can't fly, let me sing"

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Joel Mugabi - I'm sorry to hear that you are having throat problems. I am not a doctor. I suggest you see your own doctor for a diagnosis and possible cure. Thank you.

      sosowan - It's important to see a doctor at the first sign of throat problems. Thanks for your comments.

      Manisi4

      I do this too. Salt and water can do wonders. I prefer natural methods when possible. Thanks.

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Stephanie36

      Hi there and thanks for being here Stephanie. About your toothbrush. Many of us fail to realize that when we get sick and use our toothbrush, we keep using it even when we are well again. We either need to clean it, using lemon juice or soda or toss it and get a new one.

      Glad you learned something from my hub. Take care my friend. Audrey

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      martin - Thank you for reading my hub on keeping your throat healthy. And yes, this is my favorite quote. Come by and see me again. vocalcoach

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      prasetio30 2 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Very informative hub. I should taking care my throat after rearing this hub. Thanks for sharing. My vote always for you. Take care!

      Prasetio

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      prasetio30

      Thank you my friend for reading this hub and commenting on it. It is important to keep the throat healthy. Glad it was useful. Take care.

      Audrey

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      sosown 2 years ago

      Had vocal chord cancer, I have ginger every morning since. But, I didn't know about the toothbrush in salt water, great tip I am going to start tomorrow.

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      sosown

      I'm so sorry to hear that you had throat cancer and hope you are completely well and enjoying good health. I, too have ginger every day!

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      Rebecca Mealey 17 months ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Ouch! I used to get Strepp every year when I was a kid. Cool idea for a hub, and thanks for sharing with ua.

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      Kristen Howe 16 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Audrey, these are great tips I'll be happy to give to my SIL, since she had gotten Strep a few times this year. I'll keep these tips for myself for this cold and flu season. Thanks for this hub!

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      Audrey Hunt 16 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      rebeccamealey - Strep is the worst! It can lead to other problems. Glad to see you here and thanks.

      Kristen Howe - Glad you are sharing this information on keeping our throats healthy. A sore throat, especially strep, is no picnic. The pain that occurs when swallowing can be terrible. Thanks for your comments Kristen. My best to you.

      Audrey

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      Kristen Howe 16 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      My pleasure, Audrey, Always good to hear from you.

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      Khushboo 15 months ago

      Hi,

      I am a teacher and sometimes speak continuously for more than 8 hours,

      My cords swell and i choke up many times.

      My ent says quit your job

      But i can't.

      Please suggest me

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      Audrey Hunt 15 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      Khushboo - I suggest the following:

      1. Speak in a relaxed tone. Tension will strain your vocal cords.

      2. Keep your throat hydrated by sipping on room temperature water throughout the teaching sessions.

      3. Avoid dairy as this is the cause of phlegm.

      4. Never xlear your throat. Swallow a few times instead.

      5. Breathe from the diaphragm

      6. When you can, do a few neck rolls and shoulder shrugs to release tension.

      You do not have to quit your job. Ridiculous!

      Thanks,

      Audrey

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      GHURBA43@GAIL.COM 12 months ago

      BEST TIPS

      1 AOID SMOKING2DRINK WATER 3AVOID DRINKS LIKE DEW COKE ETC

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      Audrey Hunt 11 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      Thank you for your comments. I hope to see you again.

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      Awais 11 months ago

      Dear expert,

      I have a feeling of phlegm in my throat that just wont go away.I need to press my throat with my hand to constrict it while coughing.This gives me short term relief.This feeling of mine aggravates in closed rooms etc. Kindly advise!

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      Audrey Hunt 11 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      Awais

      Garlic helps to reduce phlegm better than most other natural remedies. Either mix garlic with your food or eat it raw. I have tried both which works well. Thank you.

      Audrey

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      Audrey Hunt 11 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      Awais

      Thanks for reading my article. Eat garlic, either raw or added to food. Garlic helps to control phlegm.

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      sunil singh 8 months ago

      hi, i have throat prob ,100

      what i do

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      Audrey Hunt 8 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      sunil singh

      Tell me exactly what your throat problem is. The more specific you are the more I can help you.

      Thanks,

      vocalcoach

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      Maira 7 weeks ago

      Not everyone among us is a singer, but it does not mean that throat clearing is not your concern. You should never take your throat for granted for it is one of the greatest blessings we human have. When the throat is itchy, feels dry or swollen or there is a problem in producing voice, it has to be dealt in a way that offers you no side effects. What’s more better than dealing with few home ingredients.

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