Laryngitis is an inflammation of the larynx that can cause discomfort or pain in the throat as well as affect a persons ability to talk or speak.
Laryngitis can be caused by different factors such as: yelling or shouting for an extended period putting a strain on the vocal cords, an upper respiratory infection that was caused by a virus such as the common cold, smoking or even GERD or heartburn.
While laryngitis is not normally a serious affliction and will usually heal on its own in a few days, if you find that you suffer from it frequently or it lasts longer than a week, it is a good idea to visit your doctor to ensure that it is not a more serious condition.
Below are the possible causes, symptoms and home remedies for Laryngitis.
Possible Causes of Laryngitis
* Yelling, shouting or talking loudly for long periods of time
* GERD (Gastroesophageal reflux disease) or acid reflux disease
* Upper Respiratory Infection caused by a virus such as the common cold (if the infection is bacterial you might need to visit a doctor to get an antibiotic prescription)
Possible Symptoms of Laryngitis
* Constant need to clear your throat
* Hoarseness, raspiness or loss of voice range (common with singers)
* Pain around the larynx or the throat
* Scratchy feeling in the throat
Home Remedies for Laryngitis
* Give Your Voice a Break
One of the best home remedies for laryngitis is simply to give your voice a break. If you do find it necessary to speak, speak quietly as if you were talking to someone sitting close or next to you, but do not whisper. As strange as it sounds, whispering will actually strain your vocal cords even further.
* Try Taking an Acid Reducer or Antacid Tablet
Sometimes laryngitis can be a side effect of acid reflux, heartburn or GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease). When acid-rich contents of the stomach come back up the throat they can irritate the larynx. This seems to occur even more frequently while sleeping at night.
There is a good chance that this is your culprit if you feel a frequent need to clear your throat (especially in the morning when you first wake up) or it feels as if you have something stuck in your windpipe. It might feel as if you have mucus or a post nasal drip in the back of your throat and will usually start to clear up as the day goes on.
Taking an acid reducer or antacid might help to prevent this acid backup and therefore help prevent laryngitis.
* Stay Away From Smoke
If you are a smoker or happen to live with someone who is, do your best to stay away from it especially while trying to heal laryngitis. Smoke is know for irritating the throat.
* Keep Throat Hydrated by Drinking Lots of Water
Laryngitis is often accompanied by a dry and scratchy throat. Drinking a lot of water can help keep throat and vocal cords moist.
* Drink Tea
Drinking a cup of hot tea can also help sooth an irritated throat. Just be sure that it is decaffeinated because caffeine can dehydrate your throat even further.
* Avoid Other Dehydrating Fluids or Substances
Do your best to avoid caffeinated coffee or alcoholic beverages while treating laryngitis, because like caffeinated tea, these beverages can cause further dehydration and drying of the throat.
* Consider Gargling
It seems some doctors have mixed feelings about the effectiveness of gargling to help cure laryngitis. Some say that the larynx is too far down to really be effected by gargling and that the act of gargling itself might even put a strain on your throat and vocal cords. Others however, suggest that gargling with a salt water solution, apple cider vinegar or a lemon juice mixture can actually help. A quick call to your own doctor can help you make the best decision in this instance.
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