Speaking loudly or over long periods may lead to a voice disorder. Recognize when your voice is tired, consider vocal training.
Hoarseness of breathiness may signal a voice disorder. If either symptom persists for more than two weeks, call a physician or speech-language pathologist.
Stress can lead to forceful voice production resulting in possible tissue damage. Relaxation techniques can improve your voice and allow you to speak more effectively and longer.
Caffeine and alcohol dehydrate vocal folds, which can make it more difficulty to keep them vibrating. Drink plenty of water to combat their drying effects.
Some medications lead to dehydration of the vocal folds.
Repeatedly clearing the throat or coughing may irritate vocal fold tissues. Sipping water, swallowing or sucking a cough drop may ease the irritation.
Frequent heartburn and a sour taste may mean stomach acids are spilling over into your larynx which may lead to voice problems.
Smoking irritates tissues used for singing and talking.