Treat a Tickle In Your Throat

Tickle In Your Throat? How to treat it + an amazing tip for busy professionals

Tickle in your throat that won’t go away?

We understand how annoying this can be – especially if your tickle has been going on for weeks. You don’t feel sick, it seems to go away during the day and then like clockwork, as soon as you lay down to sleep that tickle creeps up the back of your throat. Not only can that tickle keep you up at night, but the constant coughing can irritate more than your own throat…just ask your coworkers, family members or a new mom who finally got that baby to sleep.

So what causes that pesky tickle and what can you do to get rid of it?

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Voice Feeling Hoarse? When To See a Doctor

You don’t need to be a professional singer to know what it’s like to lose your voice or become hoarse. In fact, professional singers are at an advantage due to the extensive training they put their voice through in order to endure long hours and even weeks of performing.

But what about the rest of us who spend eight to ten hours a day speaking to co-workers, delivering lectures, broadcasting the news, taking customer service calls or arguing in the courtroom?

These are in fact the people at the highest risk for vocal fatigue and vocal injury. These are also the people who are more likely to continue putting themselves at risk because they don’t baby their voices the way a professional singer might — alarm bells don’t necessarily go off for a teacher who loses their voice after a day of lecturing or a lawyer after a full day in court.

A night of vocal rest and hot liquids should do the trick, right?  Not necessarily.

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Healthy Summer Detox Water – Recipes & Benefits

Summer is here! What better time to kick your health into high-gear?

Try adding some of these fresh fruits and herbs to your water and be sure to have it on you at all times.

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Ten of the Easiest Ways to Maintain Your Professional Voice

Just like the rest of your muscles, your voice requires healthy habits to stay in top shape. Especially if you require the use of your voice for your profession, simple things like drinking water and breathing properly can help keep you off costly and annoying vocal rest…or more severe problems with your valuable pipes.

Here are ten of the easiest ways you can keep your vocals in peak condition every day:

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VOCAL WARM UP – TAP INTO YOUR INNER ANIMAL…AND CHILD

Vocal warm ups don’t need to be a bore. Tap into your inner animal (and child) with some of these kid and adult-friendly warm ups that involve making animal noises and fun tongue twisters. These fun vocal exercises help you get a feel for different sensations in your facial “mask” (especially the nose and cheekbones) and throat, as well as help you develop and utilize your diaphragm.

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But more importantly, these exercises will help you learn how to properly warm up your voice to ensure a solid performance and vocal stamina.

So why animal noises? Believe it or not, meowing like a cat or mooing like a cow employs the “primal” sounds beginning singers need to learn how to use.

ANIMAL NOISES

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With your feet shoulder width apart, stand tall (shoulders back), open your mouth and in a deep voice, sing the following:

“Maaaaa… Mayyyyyy… Meeeeeee… Mowwww… Moooooo.”

Keep your and on your stomach to ensure your abdominal muscles are constricting with each note. If they aren’t, you’re not using your diaphragm and need to pay attention to singing from your belly, not your throat.

This vocal exercise opens you up and gets your voice prepared. It can also be used as a relaxation technique for performers who tend toward anxiety.
Pant Like a Dog
This will help develop your diaphragm muscle and engage it while singing or speaking.

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With your hand on your stomach, practice your breathing and diaphragm control by panting like a dog. Relax your tongue and throw, your stomach should be rising and contracting with each breath—just like a dog panting.
TONGUE TWISTERS

“Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. How many peppers did Peter Piper pick? A peck!”

Maintain your posture, hold your hand on your stomach to ensure you are using your diaphragm, and repeat classic tongue twisters at different speeds. Speak as clearly as you possibly can, almost overemphasizing the sounds in an effort to maintain a high level of vocal clarity.

Tongue twisters can also help you pinpoint trouble spots. Some people have difficulty with the “shhhh” sound; others may not be able to pronounce their “r”s well. Once these trouble spots have been identified, they can be tackled on an individual basis.

Tongue twisters can also help you pinpoint trouble spots. Some people have difficulty with the “shhhh” sound; others may not be able to pronounce their “r”s well. Once these trouble spots have been identified, they can be tackled on an individual basis.

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For more information or to schedule an appointment to address any ENT health issues visit ColoradoVoiceClinic.com