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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 disese (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 polution, 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, humidfied 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 evalution.
  • Complications of laryngitis from GERD include pneumonia, chronic bronchitis, and vocal cord paralysis.
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Comment from: salexanderpac, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 12

I had laryngitis in February after sinus cold for about 3 days and was given prednisone taper by urgent care. I never had laryngitis before then, but now it's 3 months later and had laryngitis 6 days ago followed by 3 days with voice back but very bad sore throat and now have laryngitis again. I'm an addiction psychiatry physician's assistant and need to talk for work. If I don't show up, patients that decided that day was the day to get clean don't have someone to start their treatment. It hurts my heart not being able to help those asking for it. I don't know why I keep getting laryngitis (don't smoke, don't sing, don't have upper respiratory infection each time) but have a profound gratefulness for days I have my voice and can help. Just hope I don't lose it for very long.

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Comment from: SusaninPortugal, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 19

I am 61 years old, and have been in a choir most of my life. I have had various types of laryngitis over my life; usually following a cold or flu. Back in the first week of April this year, I caught a dry cough and a mild cold. The cough took ages to clear but I was fine about 2 weeks or so ago. I woke on Sunday with a dry throat, and was a bit croaky. This cleared after a few drinks over a few hours. However Monday I was croaky and hoarse all day, and unfortunately had a long choir rehearsal that night. I tried my best not to sing much though. Yesterday Tuesday, my voice was almost totally gone. Even whispering is now impossible. I went to choir again, but never sang. In the past I have always been able to sing, if not talk, if really necessary e.g., a concert! I am really worried now because I need to sing on Sunday as we have a long concert! Looks like I am going to be steaming by brains out for the next 5 days. I have some medicine given to me by the pharmacist along with some chewy gums that do seem to be soothing the edge of this. Fingers crossed for Sunday!

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