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So what is laryngitis?
Laryngitis is an inflammation of the voice box, or larynx, that causes your voice to become raspy or hoarse, you know when you start sounding like Harvey Fierstein
Laryngitis can be short-term or long-lasting (chronic). Usually though, it shows up out of the blue and doesn’t last more than a couple of weeks. If it does last longer than 2 weeks you do need to see your doctor.
Laryngitis may be caused:
- Colds or flu. This is the most common cause.
- Acid reflux, also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). This type of laryngitis is also called reflux laryngitis.
- Overuse of your voice, such as cheering at a sports event.
- Irritation, such as from allergies or smoke. (obligatory statement about smoking be very bad for your health- so stop).
Surprisingly the most common cause of chronic laryngitis is Acid reflux.
Symptoms can include, hoarseness your voice may sound raspy, deeper than normal, or may even break now and then. You may even lose your voice completely. Some other symptoms can include a dry or sore throat, coughing, and trouble swallowing.
In most cases you can treat laryngitis at home. Rest your voice, use a humidifier or vaporizer, and as with many things drink plenty of fluids. Don’t smoke, and stay away from second hand smoke.
And a little tea with honey and ginger never hurts.
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