Laryngitis caused by seasonal allergies, cold or flu, or other viral respiratory infection usually resolves itself within two weeks. To relieve symptoms during this time:
- Rest your voice.
- Drink plenty of fluids.
- Avoid smoking.
- Take nonprescription pain relievers (like acetaminophen, ibuprofen) as needed.
- Try steam inhalation.
Treating the Underlying Illness
Managing underlying illnesses, such as GERD or viral infections, often relieves laryngitis.
Surgery may be performed to treat growths on the vocal cords, vocal cord paralysis, or some other laryngeal disorders.
Laryngitis as a result of voice overuse usually resolves itself within a few days. Voice therapy is often used to treat voice problems, especially those related to vocal overuse. Voice therapy consists of:
- Voice education
- Healthy use of the voice
- Instruction in proper voice technique and use of the breathing muscles
- The Alexander technique—a method to treat voice impairment by practicing proper breathing and posture
If you are diagnosed with laryngitis, follow your doctor's instructions.
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