When a raspy voice is not caused by a serious health condition, such as a lesion on the throat or a respiratory disorder, the best way to get rid of it is to rest the voice, avoid smoking, consume plenty of fluids and increase humidity in the home, according to ENT Associates. Consulting a physician can rule out health problems that might cause a raspy or hoarse voice.
Both children and adults can suffer from a raspy voice.
- Make lifestyle changes
- Visit the doctor
Avoid screaming, yelling or using the voice as much as possible. Use a humidifier in the home and drink fluids to keep the body hydrated. Do not smoke, as this can aggravate a raspy voice. Spicy foods and alcoholic beverages can also make hoarseness worse.
If a raspy or hoarse voice lasts longer than 2-3 weeks, or of the patient experiences pain or difficulty swallowing, make a doctor's appointment to investigate the cause, as advised by the National Institutes of Health and KidsHealth. The physician can conduct a physical examination to determine whether there are polyps, cysts, tumors or other serious problems in the throat.