Laryngitis is the swelling and inflammation of the larynx area, also referred to as the voice box. Laryngitis affects a large number of Americans and can be treated in most cases.
The larynx houses the vocal cords. Vocal cords are membranes that are covered by a mucous and can become infected and inflamed due to various reasons. When they do, they result in voice distortion and extinction in some cases. Here are some of the treatments, causes and symptoms of laryngitis.
The Symptoms of Laryngitis
Laryngitis, in most cases, is caused by minor conditions. Symptoms usually don’t last more than a few weeks and are often associated with non chronic conditions like the flu, for instance. However, in some cases, symptoms can last much longer. Some of the symptoms of laryngitis include dry throat, voice hoarseness, voice loss or a weakened voice tone, rawness or tingling in your throat and a sore throat or throat pain.
The Causes of Laryngitis
In many cases, laryngitis is caused by another virus, such as the common cold or the flu. In most cases, the symptoms associated with laryngitis subside once the underlying condition has been treated. Most of the time, viral infections are at cause, but laryngitis can be caused by physical factors such as vocal strain, for instance. In other cases, laryngitis can occur because of a bacterial infection; however, this is much rarer.
In the case of chronic laryngitis, prolonged exposure to various irritants may be at cause. Chronic smokers, people who use their voice frequently, such as professional singers for instance, and alcoholics are at higher risk of developing chronic laryngitis.
The Treatments for Laryngitis
In many cases, simply treating the underlying conditions may be all you may need for treating laryngitis. This may include antibiotics in the case of a bacterial infection or simply resting your vocal cords in the case of vocal strain.
In the case of chronic laryngitis, treating underlying causes, such as smoking, heartburn or acid reflux may be the main treatment option.
In some cases, corticosteroids may also be prescribed to reduce inflammation in the area.
When Should I see a Doctor?
If you’re dealing with severe laryngitis symptoms, you should consult an ENT doctor immediately. If you’re experiencing difficulty breathing, cough up blood, have a persisting fever and have trouble swallowing, contact a doctor today.
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