Q: Grandma, my vocal cords are swollen due to years of lecturing at the university. Now, i could hardly whisper just to say something. I really am bothered by this situation since my voice is important to my profession. Can you give me some effective remedies?
A: Dear A, Temporary voice loss or what we commonly callas hoarseness in voice is mostly caused by the inflammation or swelling of the larynx. When the swelling of the larynx or the voice box is due to an infection, this is referred to as “laryngitis.” A severe case of laryngitis or the swelling of the larynx can prevent the passage of air that causes the vocal chords to vibrate and produce sounds. The condition can be short term (acute) or long term (chronic). If your vocal chords are chronically swollen, it is important to see an EENT specialist to know the underlying condition. If you are a singer, a teacher or you use your voice in your line of work, there is a strong likelihood that your vocal chords are forming nodes or getting thicker.
If it is temporary, the most logical cure is a voice rest. Voice loss or dysphonia can also be caused by a respiratory infection, stress, or too much smoking. To relieve the pain and restore you can use home remedies for swollen vocal chords. That is making the voice rough, breathy or croaky.
HOME REMEDIES FOR SWOLLEN VOCAL CHORDS
1. Moisture and Humidifier – It is the dryness of the throat that makes it itchy. Providing moisture by staying hydrated and staying in a room with humidifier Avoid symptoms such as dry, itchy throat by providing adequate moisture. Use a humidifier to moisten the air you breathe.
2. Inhaling Steam – This is another way to provide moisture to the respiratory tract. This can be done by putting steaming water in a bowl or by staying for a while in a hot shower . This reduces irritation and itch.
3. Warm Milk with Turmeric Powder – To ease the soreness of the throat and the loss of voice, try drinking a glass of warm milk with a teaspoon of turmeric powder. Add some sugar to enhance the taste. 
4. Tea with Lemon and Honey – This is among the most popular home remedy that has been handed to this generation by their elders. A variation of this entails the addition of cinnamon and cardamom.
5. Avoid extremely hot and cold drinks – Icy cold fluids can cause the vocal muscles to contract that can cause a host of problems to the larynx. On the other hand, drinking hot fluids can foster inflammation. Lukewarm to room temperature fluids are best for this condition.
6. Voice Rest – Avoid shouting, talking non-stop and yelling. These are all very stressful to the larynx. Even whispering is not good for the throat. Just talk in a normal, relaxed voice. The best is not to talk at all at least for a while.
7. Licorice Root Tea – Licorice root has a natural anti-inflammatory property that relieves the throat. Prepare by bringing licorice root or twigs to a boil and then simmer for about 20 minutes. Sweeten the strained homemade tea. This can help with vocal hoarseness, fatigue, and coughing.
8. Learn to modulate your voice – Overuse of the voice is the primary cause of the irritation that leads to laryngitis. Avoid as screaming at a sporting event or some other exciting festivities.
9. Avoid alcohol and smoking – The combination of these vices are “deadly” to the larynx. These can dehydrate the vocal chords and cause dysphonia as well make you prone to laryngitis.