Laryngitis treatment

Almost everyone has experienced at least one bout of laryngitis. Some people have problems with laryngitis more often than others. Usually people who do public speaking or who are professional singers can have more than one case of laryngitis each year. There are various ways to treat laryngitis. If you ever wake up one morning and find your voice is all but gone you do not need to panic because more than likely it is a sample of laryngitis it can be treated easily with one or more methods of treatment. Laryngitis treatment can help treat the inflammation of the larynx that is always associated with laryngitis. The larynx is also called the voicebox. Laryngitis is usually caused because of some kind of irritation or infection of the larynx. The symptoms of laryngitis easy to spot and will always include unusual changes in the sound of the voice when one tries to speak. The person who has laryngitis sounds hoarse or like they have a sore throat. Some people even loose their voice for up to a day or two when they have laryngitis. A mild fever can be present and the throat may or may not be sore.

The most common cause for laryngitis is a viral infection of the upper airways such as in the common cold. Sometimes cigarette smoke and other inhalants can cause acute or chronic laryngitis. Other causes include screaming and yelling such as a when one is at a football game. Loud singing can also irritate the vocal cords and cause laryngitis. Other causes can be a bacterial infection, bronchitis, flu or even pneumonia. People who take inhaled steroids often develop fungal laryngitis as well. Severe laryngitis in children can cause a respiratory blockage that can become fatal if not treated promptly.

Laryngitis treatment can be prescribed by your medical doctor. Most of the time laryngitis treatment includes a use of anti-biotics like ampicillin, tetracycline, or another broad-spectrum anti-biotic for a bacterial infection. Spraying a few drops of epinephrine directly onto the vocal cords can also help treat laryngitis. The doctor may also prescribe resting the voice to help ease the inflammation of the vocal cords. Other laryngitis treatments include the use of a humidifier or taking warm showers to help ease the inflammation and swelling of laryngitis. Extra fluids should be taken in the form of water or warm tea with honey and lemon and water. Drinking ginger root tea can help reduce swelling of the vocal cords that occurs with laryngitis. Inhaling steam greatly relieves the symptoms. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen and aspirin can help relieve the fever associated with laryngitis. A sore throat can also be relieved by taking pain relievers. Using cough drops is another form of laryngitis treatment.

If the laryngitis is caused by over using the vocal cords, because of public speaking or singing, going for professional voice training may help prevent chronic laryngitis from sitting in for professional. Proper breathing techniques and voice projection techniques can be learned if they go for professional voice training. Some people prefer to use self-care laryngitis treatment. Some alternative health practitioners say that gargling with sage tea mixed with apple cider vinegar helps to treat laryngitis. Other people will suck on honey are eucalyptus throat lozenges.

Laryngitis self-care treatment should be based on common sense. The most logical thing to do is to rest your vocal cords when you have laryngitis. Even whispering should be avoided. People who have laryngitis can communicate by writing until there larynx is better. You can moisten the vocal cords by chewing sugarless gum as well. It is also a good idea to treat laryngitis by using a humidifier in rooms keep the air moist.

Last updated on Jul 14th, 2010 and filed under Respiratory Diseases. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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