- Common viruses, including the viruses that cause mononucleosis (mono) and the flu. Some viruses can also produce blisters in the mouth and throat.
- Infection of the tonsils or adenoids.
- Breathing through the mouth or smoking can produce throat dryness and soreness.
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) while lying down or sleeping.
- Sinus drainage (post nasal drip) from allergic or chronic sinusitis.
- Bacterial infections.
- Swollen tonsils.
- Enlarged and tender glands in your neck.
- A painful, tender feeling at the back of your throat.
- Discomfort when swallowing.
- A high temperature (fever) of 38°C (100°F) or over.
- Aching muscles.
- Runny nose.
- Using a lighted instrument to look at your throat, and likely your ears and nasal passages.
- Gently feeling (palpating) your neck to check for swollen glands (lymph nodes).
- Listening to your breathing with a stethoscope.
- Rest the voice for an hour or two before speaking in public.
- Gargle the throat night and morning with salt and water.
- Never force the voice.
- Avoid all occasions that strain the voice, such as prolonged conversation, speaking against noise, or in cold and damp air.
- Practice deep breathing until it becomes an unconscious habit.
- Favor an outdoor life.
- Hum or sing a little every day.
- Discontinue public speaking when there is a severe cold or other affection of the throat.
- Rest the voice and body immediately after speaking in public.
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