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Laryngitis

Information about Laryngitis

We Have to Know about the Laryngitis

  •  Laryngitis is an inflammation of your voice box (larynx) due to overuse, irritation or infection

Could be dangerous, if the answer is YES for any one of the following questions  

  • Any difficulty during talking?

Causes of Laryngitis  

Acute laryngitis can be caused by:

  • viral infections
  • straining your vocal cords by talking or yelling
  • bacterial infections
  • drinking too much alcohol
  • Chronic laryngitis can be caused by:
  • frequent exposure to harmful chemicals or allergens
  • acid reflux
  • frequent sinus infections
  • smoking or being around smokers
  • overusing your voice
  • low-grade yeast infections caused by frequent use of an asthma inhaler

Do’s of Laryngitis

  • If you smoke, stop. /If alcohol consumption is responsible for your laryngitis, stop drinking

Signs & Symptoms of Laryngitis      

  • Weak voice
  • Tickling sensation and rawness of your throat
  • A sore throat
  • Dry throat
  • A dry cough

Medical advice for Laryngitis

You could also have common symptoms that mean you have a condition similar to laryngitis, including:

  • lesions such as ulcers, cysts, or nodules on your vocal cords muscle tension dysphonia, a vocal condition caused by abnormal use of the vocal muscles
  • vocal cord paralysis

Risk factors of Laryngitis

  • Having a respiratory infection, such as a cold, influenza, bronchitis or sinusitis
  • Exposure to irritating substances, such as cigarette smoke, excessive alcohol, stomach acid or workplace chemicals
  • Overusing your voice, by speaking too much, speaking too loudly, shouting or singing

Treatment for Laryngitis

Treatments to ease symptoms

  • If a virus has caused acute laryngitis, symptoms usually disappear without treatment within seven days. Doctors treat bacterial laryngitis with antibiotics, although this form of laryngitis is rare
  • Your doctor might prescribe corticosteroids, medicines that can reduce inflammation, to treat both acute and chronic laryngitis
  • These treatments help reduce vocal cord and voice box swelling. Corticosteroids can treat and relieve symptoms of laryngitis, especially acute viral laryngitis. For chronic laryngitis, the best treatment will address the cause of the underlying problem
  • Like acute laryngitis, other conditions such as dysphonia or vocal cord paralysis can be treated with rest, vocal therapy provided by a speech pathologist, or minor procedures
  • In the case of vocal fold paralysis, treatment can include phonosurgery. Phonosurgery changes the vocal cords’ position or shape to lessen the tension caused by the voice

Self-care for Laryngitis       

  • Moisten your throat. Use a humidifier. /Avoid talking or singing too loudly or for too long
  • Rest your voice when possible. /Seek voice training/Avoid whispering

Investigations for Laryngitis      

  •  Laryngoscopy /Biopsy.
Treatment for Laryngitis
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