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If you are a singer, a teacher or a professional voice user, you might have experienced several harrowing instances of sore throat, voice change and dry cough. Chronic and prolonged usage of voice can damage your vocal cords and you can end up with vocal nodules and other voice problems.

Here are some tips to help you tune it up

  • Avoid Shouting or loud voice use: Loud voice and excessive shouting can cause damage to your vocal cords. So when you use your voice, use it at an optimal pitch and loudness.
  • Avoid whispering: Contrary to popular belief, whispering also has harmful effects on your voice.
  • Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of fluids and have multiple sips of water during long conversations to avoid excessive damage to your vocal cords.
  • Take frequent breaks: In scenarios where you are forced to use your voice for prolonged periods, take frequent breaks and sip water in between.
  • Quit smoking: Give up the harmful habit of smoking. Avoid passive smoking as well as it also affects the vocal cord.
  • Manage your allergies and acid reflux: This irritates your throat, causing the cough and post-nasal drip as well as hoarseness in the morning

When to meet your doctor?

In case you observe a change in your voice change that is not improving even after giving a short period to your vocal chords, please get yourself evaluated by an ENT specialist.