Your Vocal Health: Preventing a Sore Throat or Infection - dummies

Your Vocal Health: Preventing a Sore Throat or Infection

By Pamelia S. Phillips

A great way to keep all those germs out of your body and away from affecting your singing voice is to keep your hands washed and away from your face. Your mom told you to wash your hands — listen to her advice. If germs do start to attack and you feel the tickle from drainage, try one of these options:

  • Gargle with warm salt water. Adding half a teaspoon of salt to a cup of warm water and then gargling helps kill any germs that may lodge in the back of your mouth. If you have frequent infections around your tonsils, you may find that salt water is one of your best friends.

    Additionally, swishing that salt water around in your mouth stops those painful little canker sores right in their tracks.

  • Use a neti pot. A neti pot washes out the nasal passages with warm salt water. You can find a neti pot at your local drugstore, right next to the cold medicines. Follow the directions on the box to wash out the germs that are lingering, waiting for your immune system to give in so they can attack.

    You may even feel that slight tickle when the drainage begins. By flushing your nasal passages, you prevent the mucus from getting too thick and hopefully sidetrack those germs.