Laryngitis

  • Inflammation of the throat
  • Symptoms may include voice changes such as hoarseness, difficulty talking, loss of voice and throat pain
  • Caused most commonly by a virus or long-term exposure to irritants such as tobacco
  • Cannot be spread from person to person
  • Affects males and females
  • Can occur at any age but most common in young to middle age adults
  • May be mild to severe causing permanent voice damage

GENERAL THERAPY

  • Usually gets better within 1 week
  • Use your voice as little as possible
  • Drinking plenty of fluids
  • Suck on throat lozenges
  • Use a humidifier
  • Gargle with saltwater,
  • Inhale steam
  • Chew on a piece of gum
  • Treat underlying causes: heartburn, smoking, or alcoholism

 

PRECAUTIONS AND AVOIDANCES

  • Avoid alcohol and caffeine
  • Avoid smoking or second-hand smoke
  • Avoid clearing your throat
  • Avoid upper respiratory infections
  • Avoid decongestants
  • Avoid whispering
  • May take cough suppressant if you have a dry cough

 

SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION IF

  • You are making high pitched noisy sounds when inhaling
  • When hoarseness last longer than 2 weeks
  • Drooling more than usual
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Fever higher than 39 °C (103 °F)

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