Think you know everything about laryngitis? If you are suffering from a sore throat or coughing, you may assume what you’ve got is laryngitis. But is this true – is it really laryngitis? If you do experience laryngitis, what can you do to clear it up quickly and painlessly? Are there any remedies that help to prevent laryngitis from occurring in the first place? Read on to find all your laryngitis questions answered.
- What is Laryngitis?
Laryngitis affects your larynx, the voice box, and it is an inflammation that occurs due to a viral infection or a damaged larynx, which may be the result of voice strain.
- What are the Symptoms of Laryngitis?
Symptoms of laryngitis include a sore throat, hoarseness, mild fever, a cough, and the need to always be clearing your throat. You may find it difficult to talk when you have laryngitis. In fact, these difficulties speaking can get worse as the illness goes on, and can hang around for up to seven days after you have stopped experiencing sore throat and fever.
- Is Laryngitis the Same as a Cold?
Laryngitis is not the same as a cold or the flu but you may get it at the same time as you suffer from these conditions. So you may experience other symptoms that are due to the cold, like a headache, runny nose, swollen glands, and fatigue.
- Is Laryngitis Dangerous?
Normally laryngitis will clear up on its own without treatment, or with the help of natural remedies, and it is not usually dangerous. If you are having difficulty breathing see a doctor immediately.
- How Can I Cure Laryngitis?
It is best to help cure laryngitis by getting plenty of rest and taking care of your voice box and your vocal cords. Avoid smoking at all costs and keep away from smoky environments. Drink a lot of water. Try not to talk too much and avoid talking loudly or shouting.
- Can I Prevent Laryngitis?
Sometimes it is possible to prevent laryngitis by avoiding the underlying cause of the problem. For example, it could be caused by an allergic reaction to a substance and in this case you would need to avoid the substance. You can try to prevent laryngitis that occurs as a result of a viral infection by getting the flu vaccine, washing your hands, and keeping away from people who have the flu. Keep in good health to prevent infections by drinking plenty of fluids, not smoking, and limiting your alcohol intake. Try sleeping on more pillows to raise your head and protect your larynx from acid reflux.