Monday, June 18, 2012

How Long Does Laryngitis Last


From Dr. Mittal John

What is Laryngitis? The larynx houses your vocal chords which are which mucous membrane folds that cover cartilage and muscle. All of this forms the entrance to your wind pipe. If any infection or irritation occurs the larynx (voice box) becomes inflamed. This is referred as Laryngitis. 

With the inflammation and irritation that laryngitis causes, the swelling of the vocal chords that occurs from the inflammation or irritation causes the sound to distort as the air passes over the swollen vocal chords. 

When your vocal chords are healthy they open and close smoothly allowing for undistorted sounds occurring, which we recognize as normal speech.

Sore throat is a medical term for inflammation and swelling of the larynx (voice box), which is generally associated with hoarseness or loss of voice. Voice box (larynx) is located at the top Airuai to the lungs (trachea). 

Larynx contains the vocal cords. When the vocal cords become inflamed or infected, they swell. This can cause hoarseness, and sometimes blocks Airuai. Sore throat is categorized as acute if it lasts less than a few days. Otherwise it is categorized as a chronic and can last more than 3 weeks.

The most common form of laryngitis is an infection caused by a virus. It can also be caused by allergies, bacterial infections, bronchitis, colds, flu, injury, irritants and chemicals, and pneumonia.

The symptoms of Laryngitis are quite easy to identify. They include a dry throat or dry cough. The throat may be come sore and raw along with a tickling sensation in the area of the larynx. Laryngitis will also cause the sufferer to develop a weak voice and their speech may become hoarse. Laryngitis often occurs along side other illnesses such as flu, cold or pneumonia.

The symptoms of laryngitis may vary, depending on the severity and cause. The most common and obvious symptom is speech impaired, ranging from hoarseness to announce a complete loss of ability to speak, except in a whisper. Other symptoms may include dry or sore throat, difficulty swallowing, feeling of swelling in the larynx, fever, shortness of breath and difficulty eating.

Resting her voice will help to reduce inflammation of the vocal cords. Aerosols can reduce the scratchy feeling that comes with laryngitis. Decongestants and painkillers can relieve symptoms of upper respiratory infection, if any.

Often it is a viral infection that causes laryngitis, but laryngitis may also be caused by bacterial infections. Although the symptoms mentioned above can occur in people of any age, sometimes there are other symptoms that come with the disorder particularly in adults and the elderly.

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