The aphonia, loss of voice or dysphonia – partial loss – is a frequent occurrence in people who are forced to use their voice very often, for example, in professions such as telephone attention, teacher or even professional singers. The aphonia is produced by the inflammation of the vocal cords, which are found in the larynx. The constant use of the strings predisposes them to be more easily affected by viruses and bacteria, present especially in the winter months. Inflammation and infection will produce dysphonia first and, if there is no solution, later aphonia. The aphonia most often requires a medical visit, where the condition will be assessed and solved with the appropriate treatment (usually anti-inflammatory and, if necessary, antibiotics). An aphonia of one month of evolution requires an inexcusable medical evaluation.
Some classic tips to avoid aphonia are:
- Do not force the voice more than adequate.
- Do not drink very cold or hot liquids.
- Phytotherapy or treatment with medicinal plants is sometimes useful: gargles with chamomile or thyme relieve and are an antiseptic and anti-inflammatory solution.
Infusions with mallow and eucalyptus are also useful. The propolis, product derived from honey from bees, is effective in preventing winter respiratory infections, so it may be beneficial to take it at the beginning of the course, which coincides with the entry of this season so prone to colds .