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How to Protect Your Voice
Break the throat-clearing habit. Instead, swallow twice to help move mucus along.
Improve your air quality. Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke and other sources of pollution.
Stay hydrated. Try taking small sips of water throughout the day to keep the mucus from building up.
Turn the volume down. If you're prone to temporary hoarseness, you may be talking too loudly.
Use a cool-mist humidifier to keep the air moist. A steamy shower also will give you warm, moist air to breathe.
Know when to visit the doctor. If hoarseness lasts more than two weeks, or you experience a complete loss of your voice for more than a few days, call your doctor.
Could your diet use a nutritional tune-up? A healthful diet has many benefits and it doesn’t have to be bland and boring. Add color to your plate with fresh fruit and vegetables, choose whole grains and low-fat dairy, and keep an eye on your portion size. Aim for balance, variety, flexibility and moderation.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a name given to a group of diseases that limit the flow of air in and out of your lungs. COPD includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Long-time cigarette smoking is the most common cause of COPD.
Stay healthy and vigorous into old age by eating right, getting plenty of exercise and following recommended disease prevention practices.