Laryngitis is an inflammation of the larynx due to overuse, irritation or infection. The vocal cords are inflamed in Laryngitis. In most cases Laryngitis is short-lived and does not cause serious effects. Symptoms are:
• Weak or loss of voice
• Tickling sensation or rawness of throat
• Sore throat
• Dry throat
• Dry cough
HOW IS LARYNGITIS DIAGNOSED?
The various tests included are:
• A laryngoscopy is a test that involves examining your larynx using a thin tube containing a camera and light source (endoscope).
• computerized tomography (CT) scan –
• magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan –
• a skin allergy test
• chest and neck X-ray
HOW IS LARYNGITIS TREATED?
Acute laryngitis may get treated on its own in a couple of weeks but chronic laryngitis may need treatments such as use of antibiotics and corticosteroids.
DID YOU KNOW?
Laryngitis can be prevented by limiting alcohol and caffeine intake.