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Symptoms of acute laryngitis begin suddenly. Hoarseness or change of voice is the most common symptom. Other symptoms that may occur include sore throat, fever, tickling sensation in the throat, cough and headache. Change of voice is the major symptom in chronic laryngitis. In chronic laryngitis hoarseness may recur often.
There is no one definite way to prevent laryngitis in everyone but steps that may help to prevent laryngitis include hygiene measures (such as washing hands), avoiding people with upper respiratory infection such as cough and cold, avoiding smoking and alcohol and resting your voice.
Acute laryngitis starts all of a sudden and lasts no more than 2 weeks. Most cases with chronic symptoms improve with appropriate treatment. In some cases chronic laryngitis may last for weeks or even months. The hoarseness may become permanent as a result of permanent damage to the larynx.
Acute laryngitis is diagnosed clinically (based on medical history and physical examination). Tests are done in cases with chronic laryngitis or if the symptoms are bothersome. Some of the tests that may be done include imaging studies (such as CT scan, MRI scan), biopsy, laryngoscopy.
Laryngitis is the medical term used to indicate inflammation or infection of the larynx (or the voice box). Hoarseness or change of voice is the most common symptoms of laryngitis. Laryngitis in most cases improves in a few days (about two week) with self care at home and medications.
Laryngitis in most people improves in a few days (about a week) without treatment. Treatment of laryngitis includes self care at home and medications. Self care includes rest to voice, taking plenty of fluids, medications to reduce fever, avoiding smoking and alcohol. If needed your doctor may prescribe antibiotics and steroid medication.
Prognosis of laryngitis is good in most cases. Laryngitis in people with an upper respiratory infection (URI), overuse of voice usually improves within 10 to 14 days. If chronic laryngitis develops it may last for weeks or even months. The hoarseness may become permanent as a result of permanent damage to the larynx if the condition is not treated appropriately.
Consult a doctor for laryngitis if hoarseness, or change in voice persist for more than 2 weeks; you have other bothersome symptoms such as high fever, blood in sputum, severe throat pain, difficulty in breathing, swelling in the neck.