What is sore throat caused by strain?
With sore throat caused by strain your throat and vocal cords have been slighlty damaged by talking very loud, exposure to cigarette smoke or very cold air. You can experience a hoarse voice and a sore throat for a while, but the symptoms almost always go away on their own.
What are symptoms of sore throat caused by strain?
- Sore throat
- Hoarse voice
- Tickling cough
Is sore throat caused by strain serious and should I see a doctor?
A sore throat caused by strain usually isn't serious. Everyone has had a hoarse voice the morning after a party or after being in the cold for a while. But know when to contact a doctor.
Contact a doctor:
- When you have trouble opening your mouth
- When a hoarse voice persists for over 2 weeks
- When you've got something stuck in your throat
Immediately contact your doctor:
- When you're drooling and wheezing
Remedies for sore throat caused by strain
- Don't strain your voice
- Drink hot drinks
- Some honey can be soothing, this usually works just as well as cough drops
- Avoid things like cigarette smoke and cold air
- Always use protection when working with materials that produce a lot of dust or small particles
How does a sore throat caused by strain affect my body?
When you talk loudly for a long while, you put a lot of strain on your vocal chords. Your vocal chords have small muscles which allow you to use your voice, and when you've put a lot of strain on them they get sore, just like other muscles.
When you've spent a several hours inhaling cigarette smoke or cold air, it can start irritating your throat and lungs. As a reaction the throat and the lungs tighten up, putting strain on the muscles in the throat and around the small tubes in the lungs that distribute the air over the lungs. As a result these muscles get sore, the lungs start producing more mucus to protect them from damage.
Smokes and fumes can cause damage to your lungs and should always be avoided. Always use protection when you're working with materials that produce a lot of dust or small particles.