What is Laryngitis?

Laryngitis is the inflammation of the larynx, or the voice box, typically resulting in huskiness or loss of the voice, harsh breathing, and a painful cough. The larynx is the voice box that allows us to speak, shout, whisper, and sing. Laryngitis may come on quickly and last up to two weeks.

What are symptoms of Laryngitis?

When the vocal cords become inflamed or irritated they swell, which causes a distortion of the sounds produced by air passing over them. As a result, your voice becomes hoarse and sometimes so faint that you don’t seem to make any sound at all. Laryngitis is most commonly caused by a viral infection.

Symptoms of laryngitis include:

  • Upper respiratory infection or cold
  • Dry cough
  • Dry, raw throat
  • Sore throat
  • Weak voice
  • Loss of voice
  • Hoarseness
  • Runny nose
  • Swollen lymph nodes in the neck

Treatment for Laryngitis

The treatment of laryngitis is usually includes resting your voice, humidified air, and home remedies for symptom relief.

Visit Our Urgent Care if symptoms become severe or if they last more than two weeks.