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What is the treatment for laryngitis?
As with any other structure in the body that becomes inflamed, rest is the key
to recovery. For laryngitis, this means resting the boice and limiting the amount of talking. If
talking is required, the affected individual should avoid whispering and instead talk in a regular
voice, regardless of how it sounds. Whispering requires the vocal cords to be
stretched tightly and requires more work by the surrounding muscles and delays
The treatment for viral laryngitis is supportive, including staying well
hydrated by drinking plenty
of fluids, breathing humidified air, taking acetaminophen or ibuprofen for pain
control. Patience is required to allow time for the vocal cords to rest and
For patients with significant laryngitis that have pain and difficulty
swallowing, a short course
of steroids (prednisone,
prednisolone, or dexamethasone) may be used to decrease
the inflammation and shorten the course of symptoms. This treatment option is
often considered for actors, singers, or other affected individuals who have
to make a time sensitive presentation using their voice.
Dexamethasone as a single
dose given orally (Decadron,
DexPak) or by intramuscular injection (Adrenocot,
CPC-Cort-D, Decadron Phosphate, Decaject-10, Solurex) may be used to treat croup.
The treatment of chronic laryngitis will be determined by the cause of the
inflammation or loss of function. Discontinuation of smoking and alcohol use
will have a positive effect.