Most cases of laryngitis are acute and short-lived. Among these patients, the condition develops due to viral infections, vocal strain and bacterial infections.
If your laryngitis lasts longer than three weeks, it’s considered chronic. This is caused by long-term exposure to irritants and may result in vocal cord strain, injuries and growths. Common causes of chronic laryngitis include:
Other causes include:
Less commonly, chronic symptoms of laryngitis can be caused by cancer, vocal cord paralysis and bowing of the vocal cords.
Moisten the air. Running a humidifier or taking a hot shower can relieve your symptoms.
Rest your voice. Give your larynx time to heal and avoid talking loudly and whispering, as both can strain your voice.
Drink plenty of fluids. This will prevent dehydration and soothe your throat.
Most cases of short-term laryngitis can be treated at home by simply resting your voice and drinking plenty of fluids. However, if your symptoms endure longer than two weeks, you will need to visit an ear, nose and throat doctor to identify the underlying cause.
In addition, you should seek immediate medical attention if you experience:
If you’re suffering from persistent or severe voice problems, contact SFENTA today. Our experienced ear, nose and throat specialists will identify the underlying cause of your symptom and help you get the relief you need.
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