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Laryngitis: Treatment, Procedure, Cost and Side Effects

What is the treatment?

Laryngitis is a condition of inflammation of the voice box from overuse, irritation or infection. Laryngitis is also called laryngeal inflammation.

How is the treatment done?

The acute form of laryngitis generally resolves on its own, though in case of a chronic laryngitis, the treatment is basically aimed at the underlying condition, primarily smoking. One can treat the Laryngitis on own with a bit of self care. It is better to rest the voice and take a break from talking. Usually Laryngitis cause inflammation and resting the voice allows for time for it to heal the irritated vocal cords and throat lozenge which will soothe the sore throats.

As far as medications are concerned, it is better to consult a doctor for medical advice before having any medicine. It is better for a couple of days before visiting a doctor, as Laryngitis usually resolves on its own and is self treatable. The common medicine used to treat Laryngitis is Antacid, which counteracts the effects of stomach acid and helps to deteriorate the inflammation. A non-steroidal and anti-Inflammatory drug is given by the doctor which relieves pain, decreases the inflammation and reduces fever. Analgesics are also used to relieve the pain and a Proton-Pump inhibitor is used to decreases acid release in the stomach.

In case of chronic Laryngitis, Specialists are recommended. A Primary Care Provider (PCP) will help diagnoses and treat the diseases or an ENT (Otolaryngologist) will help to treat ear, the throat disorders.

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Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)

The acute laryngitis usually resolves on its own, but if it does not resolve on its own, it is advisable to visit a doctor. The health care professional will help you with the process further. Firstly it the doctor will do a diagnosis of laryngitis which requires a little testing. Generally the doctor checks the upper respiratory tract where the infection has occurred and is associated with loss of voice. The larynx gets reinforced by the patient answering questions in a hoarse voice. The examination is often brief and only limited to the ears, nose, and throat. The doctor looks for other potential causes of the cold-like symptoms and checks if the throat is red and if there is a concern about a streptococcal throat infection (strep throat) and a throat swab for a rapid strep test may done.

In most cases of laryngitis it does require any testing to confirm the diagnosis. But for chronic laryngitis, the doctor confirms with blood tests, X-rays and other diagnostic tests. The tests will depend upon the patient and other potential concerns that doctor has regarding the cause of the hoarseness. Laryngoscopy is the most common test done to confirm chronic laryngitis and id performed to look directly at the vocal cords and evaluate their function.

Who is not eligible for the treatment?

Everyone is eligible for a laryngitis treatment, irrespective of their age.

Are there any side effects?

Anyone can be treated for Laryngitis. But in case of Chronic Laryngitis, several tests have to be performed. Someone with a history of throat surgery should be extra careful and the eligibility of the Laryngitis treatment will depend upon individual’s current condition.

How long does it take to recover?

There are no proper set of post treatment guidelines. But Viral infections such as colds are the most common causes of laryngitis, so patients are recommended not to consume chilled drinks or ice cream, and also to stay away from things where from they can catch cold easily.

Chronic laryngitis is usually caused due to lifestyle factors, such as ongoing exposure to irritants. Post treatment, patients are advised to stay away from such irritants and receptors or allergens or toxic fumes which can cause irritation to the throat.

Patients are also advised not to consume alcohol for the next few weeks and stop smoking, which also including second hand smoke. Use of inhaled steroid medicines are also not advised, such as asthma inhalers.

What is the price of the treatment in India?

Laryngitis can recover on its own, is self-limiting and generally lasts for only a few days. The symptoms go away within 7 days, but can linger up to two or more weeks. If the symptoms like irritation in throat or hoarseness persist longer than three weeks, it is considered to be chronic laryngitis and it is advised to visit a doctor immediately.

Are the results of the treatment permanent?

Acute Laryngitis is self-limited, and does not need medicines. But in case of Chronic Laryngitis, the treatment with medicine can cost somewhere between Rs. 100 to Rs. 1500. Most of the medications for Chronic Laryngitis cost under Rs 100 for a single leaf of pills. The antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medications will cost under Rs 150, and depends on the type of medication that is prescribed by the doctor as well as the dosage that you are required to take.

What are the alternatives to the treatment?

Yes, the results are permanent, but in case of Chronic Laryngitis, the results may not be permanent.

Safety: Condition Effectiveness: High Timeliness: Low Relative Risk: Low Side Effects: Low Time For Recovery: Low Price Range:

Rs. 10 - Rs. 250

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Laryngitis - Signs You Are Suffering From It!

MS-ENT, MBBS
ENT Specialist, Noida
Laryngitis - Signs You Are Suffering From It!

Laryngitis is referred to as the inflammation of the vocal cord or the larynx situated in the throat either due to it’s over usage or certain infections. This condition spreads rapidly and does significant damage to the larynx. Laryngitis can be acute or chronic. If not diagnosed timely, laryngitis can cause significant problems in the respiratory system such as experiencing trouble while breathing. Laryngitis can be treated with antibiotics and with other home remedies such as gargling with warm salt water, giving your voice some rest and drinking sufficient water (around 2-2.5 liters) in a day to keep dehydration at bay. Make sure you avoid any caffeinated beverage and alcohol if such a condition develops. In urgent cases of laryngitis, a prescribed dosage of corticosteroids and antibiotics can provide relief.

Causes
The causes of laryngitis depend considerably on the form of laryngitis. If the laryngitis is of acute nature, then it might have been caused due to an infection and it tends to go away after suitable treatment. In the case of chronic laryngitis, the inflammation is caused due to a frequent exposure to irritants. This condition has long sustained effect and tends to be painful. The causes of laryngitis are as follows:

  1. Apart from viral and bacterial infections, an acute form of laryngitis can be caused due to the impairment of the vocal cord as a result of constantly talking or screaming at a high-pitched voice.
  2. Acid reflux (acidity) and frequent instances of sinus infections can cause chronic laryngitis.
  3. Excessive consumption of tobacco and alcohol might cause chronic laryngitis.
  4. Constant exposure to toxic chemicals might cause chronic laryngitis.
  5. In some cases, prolonged huskiness of the throat might be a symptom of a serious underlying medical condition such as cancer or vocal cord paralysis. In such a case, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible.

The symptoms of laryngitis are as follows:

  1. A constant sensation of dry throat which might lead to permanent impairment of voice
  2. Persistent sensation of titillation in the throat coupled with a persistent dry cough
  3. Significant pain while swallowing food
  4. Feeling of fullness in the throat
  5. Severe pain in the throat

If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult an Ent Specialist.

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Acute Upper Respiratory Infection: Causes and Symptoms

MD - Pulmonary, DTCD
Pulmonologist, Faridabad
Acute Upper Respiratory Infection: Causes and Symptoms

Upper respiratory infection (URI) is a condition, which involves illness, mainly caused by critical infection in the upper respiratory tract. This region includes the pharynx, larynx, nose and sinus. This infection causes diseases, such as tonsillitis (tonsils get inflamed), pharyngitis (causes sore throat) sinusitis (nasal passage becomes inflamed), laryngitis (voice box in your throat gets inflamed) and common cold.

Causes of upper respiratory infection (URI):

  1. Both virus and bacteria cause upper respiratory infection (URI). The most common form of virus causing this infection is known as 'rhinovirus.'
  2. The immune system of young adults and children are often very vulnerable. Hence, they are more likely to develop upper respiratory tract infection.
  3. URI is also contagious and airborne in nature. So if a person comes in contact with an infected person suffering from URI, he/she is likely to develop this infection.
  4. Not washing hands before meals can also cause upper respiratory infection because the virus can be transferred easily to the mouth and can travel into your system.
  5. If you have any lung problem or heart disease, you are more likely to be susceptible to upper respiratory infection.
  6. Those who already have inflamed tonsils can trigger tonsillitis by drinking any cold or spicy beverage like ice-creams or cold milkshakes.
  7. Exposure to some flu or cold can cause pharyngitis. It can also be caused by second hand smoking.
  8. Birth defects or structural defects in the nasal cavity or nasal polyps can cause sinusitis. Sometimes the inside part of the nose may get swollen due to common cold and block your ducts. This is a common cause for sinusitis.

Symptoms of acute upper respiratory infection:

  1. Congestion in the lungs or nasal area.
  2. Whooping cough
  3. Running nose due to common cold.
  4. Feelings of fatigue and lethargy throughout the day.
  5. Your body will start aching without engaging in any physical exercise.
  6. You can also lose consciousness in severe respiratory tract infections.
  7. Difficulty in breathing.
  8. Oxygen levels in blood drop down drastically.

Sometimes in worse cases, acute upper respiratory tract infection (URI) can also cause respiratory failure, respiratory arrest and congestive heart failure. Therefore, it is necessary to book an appointment with a doctor as soon as you start experiencing the above symptoms. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a pulmonologist.

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Laryngitis - Know Its Symptoms!

MS - ENT, MBBS
ENT Specialist, Ghaziabad
Laryngitis - Know Its Symptoms!

Laryngitis is referred to as the inflammation of the vocal cord or the larynx situated in the throat either due to it’s over usage or certain infections. This condition spreads rapidly and does significant damage to the larynx. Laryngitis can be acute or chronic. If not diagnosed timely, laryngitis can cause significant problems in the respiratory system such as experiencing trouble while breathing. Laryngitis can be treated with antibiotics and with other home remedies such as gargling with warm salt water, giving your voice some rest and drinking sufficient water (around 2-2.5 liters) in a day to keep dehydration at bay. Make sure you avoid any caffeinated beverage and alcohol if such a condition develops. In urgent cases of laryngitis, a prescribed dosage of corticosteroids and antibiotics can provide relief.

Causes
The causes of laryngitis depend considerably on the form of laryngitis. If the laryngitis is of acute nature, then it might have been caused due to an infection and it tends to go away after suitable treatment. In the case of chronic laryngitis, the inflammation is caused due to a frequent exposure to irritants. This condition has long sustained effect and tends to be painful. The causes of laryngitis are as follows:

  1. Apart from viral and bacterial infections, an acute form of laryngitis can be caused due to the impairment of the vocal cord as a result of constantly talking or screaming at a high-pitched voice.
  2. Acid reflux (acidity) and frequent instances of sinus infections can cause chronic laryngitis.
  3. Excessive consumption of tobacco and alcohol might cause chronic laryngitis.
  4. Constant exposure to toxic chemicals might cause chronic laryngitis.
  5. In some cases, prolonged huskiness of the throat might be a symptom of a serious underlying medical condition such as cancer or vocal cord paralysis. In such a case, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible.

The symptoms of laryngitis are as follows:

  1. A constant sensation of dry throat which might lead to permanent impairment of voice
  2. Persistent sensation of titillation in the throat coupled with a persistent dry cough
  3. Significant pain while swallowing food
  4. Feeling of fullness in the throat
  5. Severe pain in the throat

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Down With Laryngitis

PGDM In Cosmetology, Trichology & Weight Managmen, MD, BHMS
Homeopath, Mumbai
Down With Laryngitis

Laryngitis is a condition where your voice box or vocal cords become inflamed or swollen. Laryngitis occurs when your voice box or vocal cords become inflamed from overuse, irritation, or infection.

Laryngitis can be acute , lasting less than three weeks. Or it can be chronic, lasting more than three weeks.

Causes:         

  • viral infections.        
  • straining your vocal cords by talking or yelling.      
  • bacterial infections.        
  • drinking too much alcohol.              
  • frequent sinus infections.         
  • being around smokers.        
  • overusing your voice, etc.

Symptoms:

  • weakened voice.      
  • hoarseness.      
  • loss of voice.
  • dry throat.
  • constant tickling or minor throat irritation, etc.

Tips to deal with laryngitis:

  • Adequate and sufficient rest to voice is advised. Use the voice as little as possible.
  • Use a humidifier or inhale steam to alleviate dryness.
  • Drink lots of fluids.
  • Gargle with salt and water 2 -3 times a day.
  • Eat foods that are easy to swallow.
  • Protect your immune system hence eat food rich in vitamins C like cirrus fruits, etc.
  • Exercise daily. Try yoga.
  • Do not whisper or try to strain your voice as it can irritate the inflamed larynx and worsen the pain.
  • Reduce intake of Caffeine, Spicy food and other beverages as it can aggravate acid reflux which is also a cause for Laryngitis.
  • Avoid smoking and being around people who smoke.
  • Wash your hands regularly to avoid catching colds and upper respiratory infections.
  • Do not eat cold things like ice creams,etc.
  • Do not eat processed, fried, salty and sugary food.
  • Avoid foods that cause indigestion and heartburn.
  • Take help of doctor if complaints persist in order to avoid complications.
  • Avoid alcohol intake.
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Best Homeopathic Medicines For Laryngitis!

BHMS
Homeopath, Bangalore
Best Homeopathic Medicines For Laryngitis!

Laryngitis is basically referred to the inflammation of the voice box or the larynx. It is mainly caused due to infections, which are either viral or bacterial or even fungal. If it is caused due to viral infections, laryngitis may be contagious. Some of the other causes of this disease include the following:

Larynx is said to be acute or even chronic. Acute laryngitis is referred to a period of a less than three weeks. It is for a short term. Laryngitis which lasts for more than 3 weeks is usually regarded as chronic laryngitis.

Symptoms Of Laryngitis-
One of the major symptoms of laryngitis is considered the hoarseness of the voice. Other symptoms include dry throat, sore throat or even raw throat. Sometimes there is cough, and difficulty in swallowing. Some people also feel the need to repeatedly clear their throat. Nasal congestion and runny nose are some other probable symptoms of laryngitis.

Homeopathic Medicines For Laryngitis

  1. Argentum Met and Arum Triphyllum – These are usually regarded as the most useful medicines for singers and public speakers. This is because these professionals often suffer from laryngitis due to overuse of their voice. The key symptoms are hoarseness of voice or having a sore feeling in the larynx.
  2. PhosphorusThe violet tickling caused due to laryngitis may be most effectively treated by Phosphorus, which is regarded as the best suitable medicine among other homeopathic medications.
  3. Drosera – This medicine is used for treating laryngitis with a highly nagging cough. This is the best and the most reliable medicine for a dry and irritating cough. There is usually a rough scraping sensation in the throat. In some of the cases, the voice of the affected person may be cracked. There are also incidents where people have difficulty in swallowing food.
  4. Causticum - Laryngitis caused due to exposure to cold air is wonderfully cured by Causticum. It is considered to be one of the top-graded homeopathic medicines for the treatment of laryngitis.
  5. Belladonna and Iodum – Belladonna and lodum are two of the most reliable medicines in homeopathy for treating laryngitis, which is caused due to hoarseness. These have a miraculous power to cure the pain in the larynx. Belladonna is prescribed when voice is hoarse and it is highly painful.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Popular Questions & Answers

I. I've been having like an irritation I would say in my larynx. It sometimes hurts and feels raspy when I talk so I avoid talking much. I've also been noticing that sometimes when it gets raspy like that and hurts, it also starts feeling much irritated when I breathe (through my nose). I also get this burning sensation on my tongue. I've been getting this for quite some time now. Months, some days more than others. I wonder what this could possibly be. I will get an endoscopy done in some weeks, but I do wanna have like an idea of what it could be already, so I hope you can help me with this. I am a type 1 diabetes patient, sugar levels are under good control.

BHMS
Homeopath, Hyderabad
Even before endoscopy a general examination (along with proper case history ), the doctor would be able to diagnose it. If needed, specific tests would be advised after clinical examination. (it may also be due to throat infection or gastric problems ). As a precaution you can gargle with warm water (salt water) a few times a day. Have freshly prepared homemade food, avoid spicy or oily food. Do take care of the sugar levels by adjusting the calories and being physically active. Let the doctor advise appropriate treatment. You can revert after that. If the complaints become recurrent then you can add Homeopathy which is safe and gentle. You can contact me for a detailed consultation.

Table of Content

What is the treatment?
How is the treatment done?
Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)
Who is not eligible for the treatment?
Are there any side effects?
How long does it take to recover?
What is the price of the treatment in India?
Are the results of the treatment permanent?
What are the alternatives to the treatment?
Having issues? Consult a doctor for medical advice