Best Throat Lozenges for Singers and Voice Users

 

Are you wondering which are the best throat
lozenges for singers? You get sick and your throat hurts. Which sore throat lozenges really work without
harming your voice? That is exactly what I am going to share in
this video. You will also learn how to chose the appropriate
type of lozenges so that you minimize the risk of vocal injury but still soothe your
throat. Hi and welcome back! If we haven’t met yet, I am Katarina from
How 2 Improve Singing and here on this channel, I share tips on how to use your voice in a
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to my channel and hitting that bell notification below this video. And I am curious to know: Which lozenges for
sore throat do you tend to grab when you get sick? Let me know in the comments below. So, you experience throat discomfort: your
throat feels itchy or you feel throat pain. You have a hard time swallowing or your throat
feels dry. But you need your voice, you have a performance
or you are giving a speech in a couple of days and you are looking for a quick solution.

 

So, you reach for some lozenges for throat
pain. But which lozenges are the best for singers
and voice users? First, let’s be clear about one thing: throat
lozenges are not intended to cure or treat any disease. They are meant to help you soothe your throat,
relieve the pain or other symptoms you may have. But not all lozenges were created equal. There are lozenges that contain medicated
ingredients, for example drugs that numb the pain, then there are lozenges that contain
menthol or eucalyptus, and there are lozenges that do not contain any medicated ingredients.

 

Some of these throat lozenges may have a negative
effect on your voice. Each of these groups are meant to help with
different problems. Group 1: Medicated Throat Lozenges
One of the drugs contained in throat lozenges is an anesthetic, which is a drug that decreases
pain. This type of lozenges numbs your throat so
that you get a temporary relieve of throat pain. Other lozenges can contain antiseptics, which
is a drug killing viruses and bacteria in your throat. Examples of medicated lozenges are Cepacol
or Strepsils. And there are many different types of Cepacol
and Strepsils lozenges with different combination of drugs in them. The problem with numbing lozenges is that
they mask pain. If you don’t feel pain, you are more prone
to vocal injuries because you can easily overwork your vocal folds. So, if you opt for numbing lozenges because
the pain is simply unbearable, don’t sing or use your voice extensively while you are
taking them. Group 2: Lozenges with Menthol and Eucalyptus
Ingredients such as menthol and eucalyptus are now found in almost all lozenges.

 

 

Even the medicated lozenges have some extra
menthol for a better effect. Menthol and eucalyptus are mostly used as
decongestants. So, this group of lozenges may be good for
a blocked nose or sinuses. Menthol constricts the blood vessels in the
nose, which reduces swelling and you are able to breathe easier. However, the effect can be only temporary. The main drawback of lozenges containing menthol
is that they have a dehydrating effect. And sometimes that is not what you want to
achieve when your throat or mouth already feel dry. Examples of menthol lozenges are regular Halls,
Ricola, Fisherman’s Friend or Vicks. Group 3: Non-Medicated Throat Lozenges
Finally, there is a third group of lozenges that do not contain any drugs but have active
ingredients, such as pectin, glycerin or elm bark. For example, Luden’s lozenges contain pectin,
which is a gelatinous substance that coats the throat to reduce irritation. These special Halls lozenges, Halls Breezers,
also contain pectin and have the same effect. Grethers pastilles use glycerin, which is
a good natural lubricant. Thayers Slippery Elm lozenges contain elm
bark, which contains mucilage. This is a sticky substance that coats the
throat.

 

It is also believed that elm bark lozenges
are good for suppressing coughs. So, which lozenges are the best throat soothing
lozenges? As you can see there are many different types
of lozenges. So, don’t use the first lozenges you come
across. Chose the ones that match your needs, and
those will be the best for you. If you have pain from a sore throat, use numbing
medicated lozenges but avoid heavy voice use. If you have a dry throat and mouth, use lubricating
non-medicated lozenges with pectin, glycerin or elm bark. And if you have a hoarse voice without the
presence of an infection, then lozenges will probably not help. Instead, rest your voice, drink plenty of
fluids and steam your voice. To help you make a good and informed decision
when choosing the best throat lozenges, I prepared a cheat sheet with all of the information
about different types of lozenges that you can download for free.

 

Click this link to get your copy. Bonus tip
When choosing an over-the-counter medication, such as lozenges, chose one that contains
a single active ingredient instead of drugs covering all symptoms with multiple ingredients. For example, if you are congested, use decongestants. If you have pain, use a painkiller. There is no one single type of throat lozenges
that is best for everyone because we have different needs. So, always read the label and make sure that
the ingredients match your needs. And of course, pharmacists are there to help
so don’t be afraid to ask questions. If you liked this video, please click the
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