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Laryngitis

What is Laryngitis?

Laryngitis is an inflammation in the vocal cords in the larynx, has many causes. The larynx is the organ of voice in mammals. It is commonly known as the voice box. Laryngitis is rarely serious. It usually last less than 7 days.

The larynx is a tubular chamber about 2 inches (5 cm) high. It consists of walls of cartilage bound by ligaments and membranes, and moved by muscles.

Symptoms of Laryngitis

The most common symptoms of laryngitis are: weak, hoarse, gravely voice; sore throat, often fever, dry cough, a tickling in the back of the throat, and difficulty swallowing.

What Causes Laryngitis?

The most common cause of laryngitis is a viral infection. Laryngitis does not always end when the viral infection is over. The hoarseness may continue for several days to a week or longer after the infection has been treated. Laryngitis can also be caused by a bacterial infection.

Other causes of laryngitis include: cheering at a sporting event, singing, and talking very loudly for excessive periods of time. Environmental causes such as smoking or being in an environment with second-hand tobacco smoke can also cause laryngitis.

How is Laryngitis Treated?

Some of the most common treatments for laryngitis are: Sucking on cough drops or a throat lozenge, avoiding places where cigarettes are smoked; aspirin for pain

Complications of Laryngitis

If laryngitis persists and does not improve, it can be a part of a more serious infection. Sometimes laryngitis is a symptom of tonsillitis or bronchitis. It can be part of a more serious infection such as tonsillitis or bronchitis. In young children, a swollen larynx can obstruct the passage of air causing breathing difficulties.

When to see a physician

If laryngitis persists and you:

  • have difficulty breathing
  • have a fever over 101 degrees
  • If you have difficulty swallowing
  • If you have brown, green or yellow sputum
  • If you are hoarse for one month without any identifiable cause, You should consult your doctor.

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