Laryngitis

Laryngitis facts

  • Laryngitis is an inflammation of the voice box (larynx).
  • Causes of laryngitis include upper respiratory infection or cold; overuse of the voice box by talking, singing, or shouting; gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), reflux laryngitis; chronic irritation of the vocal cords; smoking; exposure to secondhand smoke; or exposure to polluted air.
  • Laryngitis is contagious only if it is caused by an infection.
  • The most common symptoms of laryngitis are hoarseness, loss of voice, and throat pain.
  • Symptoms of laryngitis in adults include dry, sore throat, pain with swallowing, and a feeling of fullness in the throat or neck. If the laryngitis is caused by an infection additional symptoms of fever, swollen lymph nodes, may be experienced.
  • Symptoms of laryngitis in infants in children include croup, hoarse barky cough, and fever.
  • Chronic laryngitis, in which the symptoms last for weeks may be caused by by gastroesophageal reflux disease, smoking, constant exposure to secondhand smoke, air pollution, or alcohol use.
  • Chronic inflammation due to laryngitis may cause the formation of nodules or polyps on the vocal cords.
  • Treatment of laryngitis is usually symptomatic with voice rest, humidified air, and certain home remedies for symptom relief.
  • If symptoms of laryngitis persist for more than three weeks or continue to recur, contact your health care professional for further evaluation.
  • Complications of laryngitis from GERD include pneumonia, chronic bronchitis, and vocal cord paralysis. Continue Reading

Laryngitis Symptoms

Laryngitis is defined as inflammation of the voice box or larynx, which results in voice changes, for example, hoarseness or complete loss of the voice.

Other symptoms that may accompany laryngitis include:

  • Runny nose
  • Throat pain
  • Nasal congestion
  • Sneezing
  • Fever
  • Cough...
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Reviewed on 5/1/2015
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