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Laryngitis happen when your vocal cords or voice box become inflamed from irritation, overuse or infection. This can be acute, lasting less than three weeks or chronic, lasting more than three weeks.

The inflammation which results in laryngitis can be caused by many conditions such as viral infection, bacterial infection and environmental factors.

What Cause Laryngitis?

Acute laryngitis can be caused by:

  • Viral infection
  • Straining your vocal cords by yelling
  • Bacterial infection
  • Consuming too much alcohol

Chronic laryngitis can be caused by:

  • Frequent exposure to allergen or harmful chemicals
  • Acid reflux
  • Frequent sinus infection
  • Being around smokers or smoking
  • Low-grade yeast infection

Signs and symptoms of Laryngitis:

The most common signs and symptoms of laryngitis include:

  • Weakened voice
  • Loss of voice
  • Dry throat, hoarse
  • Minor throat irritation or constant tickling
  • Dry cough

These signs and symptoms are generally mild and can be treated by giving your voice a break and drinking water or other noncaffeinated fluids that can help lubricate your throat.

Some signs and symptoms can be serious or indicate underlying issues, such as:

  • Trouble swallowing
  • Coughing up blood
  • Fever that does not go away with treatment
  • Debilitating pain in your throat

Visit us as soon as your symptoms don’t clear up after a week or they worsen.

Treatment for Laryngitis:

Our doctor often starts with a visual diagnosis by using a special mirror in order to view your vocal cord. They may also perform a laryngoscopy, which a thin, flexible tube with a microscopic camera, to magnify the voice box for easy viewing.

Symptoms usually disappear without treatment within seven days if a virus has caused acute laryngitis.

Our doctor treats bacterial laryngitis with antibiotics. You might get prescribed medications that can reduce inflammation in both acute and chronic laryngitis. Corticosteroids is another kind of treatment which help to relieve the symptoms of laryngitis.

In case of other conditions such as vocal cord paralysis or dysphonia can be treated with vocal cord therapy.

Vocal cord paralysis treatment may include phonosurgery, which changes the vocal cord’s position or shape to reduce the tension caused by the voice.

The best possible way to keep your voice box and vocal cords healthy is by keeping them moist and free from irritants. To avoid any irritants,

  • Stop smoking and avoid being around the people who smokes
  • Limit your consumption of caffeine and alcohol
  • Avoid toxic chemicals
  • Wash your hands regularly to avoid any upper respiratory infection

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