How Do You Know You Have Laryngitis?

Laryngitis is a common condition and can be caused by viral or bacterial infections, excessive yelling, and smoke inhalation. When the vocal cords become inflamed, one may experience a dry or sore throat accompanied by a few other similar symptoms.

Common Laryngitis Symptoms

The most common signs and symptoms of laryngitis include the following:

  • Sore and dry throat
  • A tickling sensation in the throat
  • A dry and often painful cough
  • A hoarse, weak, or entirely muted voice

Mild cases of laryngitis can be treated by simply resting your voice and drinking plenty of fluids. Seek medical attention if your symptoms persist for more than two weeks, or if you experience:

  • Difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • A cough that produces blood
  • A persistent fever
  • Increasing throat pain

These can all be signs of chronic laryngitis. A chronic case of laryngitis can lead to strains and other serious damage to the vocal cords.

What Causes Voice Box Inflammation?

Laryngitis is when your larynx (commonly referred to as your voice box) becomes inflamed from overuse, infection, or irritation.  Laryngitis can be caused by a number of different things including:

  • Viral infections similar to those of the common cold
  • Bacterial infections
  • Excessive yelling or screaming
  • Smoke or chemical fume inhalation
  • Acid reflux
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Smoking
  • Chronic sinusitis

Treatment for Laryngitis

Treatment for Laryngitis at FastMed Urgent CareThere are a number of home remedies you can use to alleviate a case of mild laryngitis. These include the use of a humidifier, gargling salt water, resting your voice, drinking a lot of water, and using throat lozenges or gum to keep your throat moist. Avoid clearing your throat and using decongestants.

If you think you may be suffering from chronic laryngitis or simply wish to speed up the recovery process, visit FastMed Urgent Care and allow one of our medical professionals to perform an examination and administer the fast, affordable, and compassionate treatment you need.

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Source:

Mayo Clinic: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/laryngitis/basics/definition

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