What is Laryngitis?

Laryngitis is a swelling of the vocal cords that can be caused by many things such as an infection or “cold” or excessive use of the voice.

Symptoms of Laryngitis

The primary symptom of laryngitis is hoarseness. The voice may also sound raspy or go away altogether (temporarily). Laryngitis can sometimes be accompanied by a sore throat.

Causes of Laryngitis

Laryngitis occurs when the vocal cords swell due to:

  • A cold or upper respiratory infection
  • Inhaled irritants
  • Reflux disease
  • Excessive use of the voice

Treatment Options

Typically, laryngitis does not require medical attention. However, it is important to take care of your voice until the condition passes.

Home treatment:

  • Rest
  • Reduce voice use
  • Drink plenty of fluids

If you experience hoarseness for two weeks or more, be sure to call the doctor.

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