How to Get Rid of a Raspy Voice


Characterized by a hoarse, weak, scratchy or breathy sound, a raspy voice can be both irritating and painful. A raspy voice can have many causes, including infection, voice overuse, colds, smoking, acid reflux, allergies and dry environments. Follow simple home treatments to get rid of a raspy voice, despite the cause. However, if your voice does not improve, visit a throat doctor to check for more serious problems.

Things You'll Need

  • Chewing gum
  • Throat lozenges
  • Humidifier
  • Honey, eucalyptus, peppermint, ginger or lemon tea
  • Homeopathic remedies
A woman sings into a microphone.
A woman sings into a microphone. (Image: Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Step 1

Rest your voice and allow it time to heal by not talking, singing or shouting unless necessary. Also avoid whispering, which puts more strain on the vocal chords than speaking normally does, reports the National Institutes of Health.

A woman touches her sore throat.
A woman touches her sore throat. (Image: Stockbyte/Valueline/Getty Images)

Step 2

Stop smoking and limit the amount of alcohol you drink, since both smoke and alcohol irritate the vocal chords and mucous membranes. Smokers who experience a prolonged hoarseness should see a doctor as throat cancer is often caused by smoking.

A cigarette in an ashtray.
A cigarette in an ashtray. (Image: Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Step 3

Avoid taking decongestants or consuming caffeine. They will dry the vocal chords and cause further irritation.

A coffee cup on a table.
A coffee cup on a table. (Image: Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Step 4

Keep your throat moist by drinking six to eight glasses of water a day, chewing on gum or sucking throat lozenges. Also, use a humidifier in your room, run a hot shower or boil a pan of water and inhale the steam.

A woman drinks a glass of water.
A woman drinks a glass of water. (Image: Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Step 5

Stop eating spicy foods, a common cause of a raspy voice is acid reflux. Spicy foods cause acid from the stomach to move to the esophagus, causing irritation and a raspy voice.

Two spicy tacos.
Two spicy tacos. (Image: Ciaran Griffin/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Step 6

Try traditional remedies to sooth an irritated throat, such as tea with honey, eucalyptus, peppermint, ginger or lemon, recommends the University of Maryland Medical Center. Homeopathic remedies to treat laryngitis include Aconitum, Causticum, Phosphorus and Kali bichromicum.

A cup of herbal tea with honey.
A cup of herbal tea with honey. (Image: Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

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