Laryngitis is the medical term used to indicate inflammation or infection of the larynx (or the voice box). Based on the duration of symptoms laryngitis is categorised as acute or chronic.
What causes laryngitis?
Laryngitis is caused because of several conditions. Some of the common causes include:
Symptoms of laryngitis
In acute laryngitis the symptoms begin suddenly and may progress over a period or two to three days, then improve gradually. Most people start to feel better within a week. Common symptoms of laryngitis include:
Change of voice is the major symptom in chronic laryngitis. In chronic laryngitis hoarseness may recur often. Chronic laryngitis is often common problem in people who overuse their voice and are not able to rest their voice, such as professional singers or teachers. Changed voice or hoarseness may develop slowly and can last for weeks or even months. Occasionally a person may develop lasting hoarseness as a result of permanent damage to the larynx.
Acute laryngitis usually improves in a few days (about 2 weeks) in most people. Treatment of laryngitis includes self care at home and medications.
Self care for laryngitis includes:
Medical treatment of Laryngitis includes:
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