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Laryngitis

Lost your voice?
Just keep quiet.

Laryngitis is an acute inflammation of the Larynx or voice box. It is characterized by inability to speak beyond a whisper. And when that happens, the best thing to do is to avoid talking.

Other symptoms of Laryngitis include: Sore throat, hoarseness, pain and dryness in throat. Accompanied by spasmodic coughs.

Causes ::
Chemical or mechanical irritation. Or bacterial or viral infections in the respiratory tract or the larynx.

Laryngitis is associated with common cold. Excessive use of voice in dusty atmospheres. Heavy smoking. Heavy alcohol consumption. Mouth breathing from nasal obstruction and chronic infection of nasal sinuses.

Treatment ::
Rest your voice. Gargle with warm water. Steam inhalation is helpful. Drink warm liquids, avoid ice. Avoid smoking. Rest frequently.

Spontaneous recovery from viral laryngitis should take place in 10-14 days. Bacterial infections are curable in 7-10 days with anti-bacterial treatment.

Chronic or repetitive bouts of laryngitis could be indicative of cancer of the larynx, thyroid etc. If the symptoms persist, consult your doctor immediately.


 
 
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