Laryngitis is caused by an inflammation in the vocal cords. This inflammation prevents them from vibrating as they should, which leads to a hoarse voice.
The most common sign of laryngitis is a weak or non-existent voice.
Other symptoms may include:
- Dry throat
- Dry cough
- Tickling sensation in throat
- Sore throat
Laryngitis is commonly caused by overuse of the voice. It can also occur after a cold or upper respiratory infection.
Less common causes can include allergies, postnasal drip, acid reflux and fungal infections.
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- Resting. The standard treatment for laryngitis is resting your voice. Do not force the voice out; this can cause damage.
- Food and fluids. Stay well-hydrated and eat a nutritious, healthy diet to improve healing.