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Acute Laryngitis

more about Acute Laryngitis

  • Laryngitis is an inflammation of the vocal cords causing speech to become hoarse and/or whisperlike, and often inaudible.

  • Hoarseness
  • Whisperlike voice or loss of voice

  • Viruses -- Influenza A and B, Adenovirus, Parainfluenza, and Rhinovirus are some of the viruses that may cause this condition.
  • Bacteria such as Hemophilus influenzae, beta-hemolytic streptococcus, and
    Moraxella catarrhalis
  • Inhalation of smoke, chemicals, and excessive use of voice
  • Acid Reflux
  • Allergies
  • Aging

  • Throat check for pharyngitis (infection)
  • Neck checked for stridor (wheezing sound heard by stethoscope)

  • Avoid loud speech, such as shouting or singing
  • Humidifiers (cool mist better) and steam (cool to warm, not hot) can help.
  • Avoid smoking, recreational drugs, and alcohol
  • Increase fluids
  • If severe, physicians will often instruct a person not to speak at all for the next few days.
  • If Hemophilus influenza or Moxarella catarrhalis are suspected, antibiotics will most likely be prescribed.
  • Symptoms usually resolve in fewer than seven days in most individuals.

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