Table of Contents
- Laryngitis facts
- What is laryngitis?
- What causes laryngitis?
- What are the signs and symptoms of laryngitis?
- Symptoms of laryngitis in adults
- Symptoms of laryngitis in infants and children
- Is laryngitis contagious?
- How does laryngitis last?
- How is laryngitis diagnosed?
- What kinds of doctors treat laryngitis?
- What is the treatment for laryngitis?
- Are there any home remedies to soothe and cure laryngitis?
- What are the complications of laryngitis?
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What are the signs and symptoms of laryngitis?
- Hoarseness, loss of voice, and throat pain are the primary symptoms of laryngitis in an adult.
- In infants and young children, laryngitis often occurs along with inflammation of the trachea and bronchial tubes. This is known as croup. Because these structures have yet to fully develop, the inflammation may make it harder for air to pass through the upper airways, leading to the classic "seal-like" barky cough called stridor that is associated with croup.
Symptoms of laryngitis in adults
If the cause of laryngitis is infectious, affected individuals will have symptoms of a viral infection:
- Upper respiratory tract infection orcold
- Dry cough
- Sore throat
- Swollen lymph nodes (lymph glands) in the neck
- Pain with swallowing
- A feeling of fullness in the throat or neck
- Runny nose
- Loss of voice
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