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:
  • hoarseness
  • weak voice
  • voice loss
  • tickling sensation
  • rawness of the throat
  • sore throat
  • dry throat
  • dry cough
  • fever
  • pain
  • congestion
  • runny nose
  • muscle pain
  • shortness of breath

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Common Causes of Laryngitis

The following are the most common causes of Laryngitis:
  • viral infections
  • bacterial infections
  • fungal infections
  • trauma

Risk Factors for Laryngitis

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Laryngitis:
  • respiratory infection
  • cigarette smoke
  • excessive alcohol intake
  • stomach acid
  • 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:
  • don't smoke
  • limit alcohol
  • 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.

Common Gender

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:
  • Otorhinolaryngologyist

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.
This page provides information for Laryngitis.

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