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An acute or chronic, bacterial or viral inflammatory process affecting the larynx. Signs and symptoms include sore throat, cough, swallowing difficulties, and hoarseness
Symptoms of Laryngitis
The following features are indicative of Laryngitis:
rawness of the throat
shortness of breath
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Common Causes of Laryngitis
The following are the most common causes of Laryngitis:
Risk Factors for Laryngitis
The following factors may increase the likelihood of Laryngitis:
excessive alcohol intake
exposure to chemicals
speaking too loudly
Prevention of Laryngitis
Yes, it may be possible to prevent Laryngitis. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
avoid eating spicy foods
include whole grains, fruits and vegetables in the diet
Occurrence of Laryngitis
Number of Cases
The following are the number of Laryngitis cases seen each year worldwide:
Very common > 10 Million cases
Common Age Group
Laryngitis can occur at any age.
Laryngitis can occur in any gender.
Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Laryngitis
The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Laryngitis:
Laryngoscopy: Examine the vocal cords abnormalities
Biopsy: Diagnose the Laryngitis symptoms
Doctor for Diagnosis of Laryngitis
Patients should visit the following specialists if they have symptoms of Laryngitis:
Complications of Laryngitis if untreated
Yes, Laryngitis causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Laryngitis is left untreated:
severe respiratory distress
Self-care for Laryngitis
The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Laryngitis:
Breathe moist air: Use a humidifier to keep the air throughout the home or office moist
Avoid alcohol: Help to improve laryngitis symptoms
Avoid smoking: Help to improve laryngitis symptoms
Drink plenty of fluids: Prevents dehydration
Moisten the throat: Try sucking on lozenges, gargling with salt water or chewing a piece of gum
Avoid decongestants: To prevent drying of throat
Time for Treatment of Laryngitis
While time-period of treatment for each patient may vary, below is the typical time-period for Laryngitis to resolve if treated properly under an expert supervision:
Less than 2 weeks
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This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
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