A good at-home treatment for hoarseness or laryngitis is resting the voice, notes MedicineNet. This decreases the opportunity for injury to the vocal cords and reduces irritation. Additional home treatments that help hoarseness include drinking sufficient fluids, using a vaporizer and avoiding smoke, reports WebMD.
People who experience a cough with their hoarseness may get relief from taking an over-the-counter cough suppressant, according to WebMD. An upper respiratory tract infection, GERD, allergies, smoking or thyroid problems may cause laryngitis, states MedicineNet. Most cases clear up without treatment unless the condition is severe or chronic, says WebMD. Surgery may be necessary if a persons vocal cords are damaged.