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Are some people more prone to getting laryngitis?

Are some people more prone to getting laryngitis?

Yes: Overuse of the voice, having reflux, or inhaling things that irritate the vocal cords such as marijuana, cigarettes. Some infections can cause larygitis (usually viral) and some feel rheumatoid arthritis patient can get it as well. ...Read more

Dr. Ronda Alexander
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Laryngitis (Definition)

Inflammation of the larynx that can cause symptoms of hoarseness ...Read more


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Do lots of people get laryngitis, or is it unusual?

Do lots of people get laryngitis, or is it unusual?

Common: Laryngitis is an inflammation of the lining of the voicebox (the larynx) and occurs as a residual effect of colds and other upper respiratory infections (which are common) but can also occur from overuse (lengthy singing or yelling loudly like at a sports game) and rarely from growths on the larynx. Your otolaryngologist can evaluate this and give you the best remedy. ...Read more

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Any explanation for why I get laryngitis really easily?

Any explanation for why I get laryngitis really easily?

Need ENT doc.: You could be a smoker, alcohol and often Gastric reflux.
An ENT specialist needed now for possible endoscopy. Serious entities can then be diagnosed, and hopefully not in your case. ...Read more

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What are the best foods to eat to help get over laryngitis?

Garlic: Chicken soup, garlic, lemon -- hopefully not all together.

Anything that gives you indigestion can actually prolong laryngitis. Avoid alcohol and mints.

Hope you feel better soon.
Rest your voice. ...Read more

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After laryngitis, how long before you usually get your voice back?

After laryngitis, how long before you usually get your voice back?

Laryngitis: Everyone heals at different rates, the best way to help get your voice back when the cords are inflammed from infection is voice rest. No talking! ...Read more

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I have laryngitis, is there a high probability my 3, 2, and 1 year old will also get it?

I have laryngitis, is there a high probability my 3, 2, and 1 year old will also get it?

Yes: People in one household tend to get the same upper respiratory infections at the same time, because the germs (usually viruses) are contagious. In the fall season, we see kids getting croup (cold symptoms and a barky cough). The same viruses that cause croup will cause laryngitis in teens and adults. ...Read more

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I was just wondering if it is possible to get laryngitis from a car accident and if it is then how? What causes it?

I was just wondering if it is possible to get laryngitis from a car accident and if it is then how? What causes it?

Laryngitis: Laryngitis is an injury or infection of the larynx. It is usually caused by infection or trauma. If the voice box was injured in the car accident then yes this is probably related. If there was no throat injury then the this is most likely coincidental. ...Read more

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My gf has laryngitis. Would I get it if we had sex?

My gf has laryngitis. Would I get it if we had sex?

Possibly: Laryngitis is usually caused by a virus. You would not necessarily get it from having sex, but certainly could contract the virus from kissing or other oral contact with her mouth. ...Read more

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How can I get my voice back after laryngitis?

How can I get my voice back after laryngitis?

Depends: Majority of the time, the voice will fully recover after a bout of acute laryngitis. If it does not, I would encourage having your throat and vocal cords examined to rule out any other worrisome pathology, especially if you are a smoker. ...Read more

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Can my kids catch my laryngitis, how can I prevent it, or get rid iof this fast.?

Can my kids catch my laryngitis, how can I prevent it, or get rid iof this fast.?

Yes: Laryngitis is usually a viral infection, and is contagious. Push fluids, gargle with warm salt water, and use lozenges. Get plenty of rest. There is no treatment other than supportive care.

Don't share drinking glasses, and avoid close contact. It will decrease the chances of your kids catching it.

Hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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I think I may have laryngitis, what (non prescribed) drug can I take to get rid of it?

Laryngitis: This is most commonly viral and will clear up on its own with patience. There are no drugs that will cure this. ...Read more

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I currently have laryngitis & it comes the same time evry year. I sing in choir & our concert is 10/7/2012. I have a solo. How can I get back voice?

I currently have laryngitis & it comes the same time evry year. I sing in choir & our concert is 10/7/2012. I have a solo. How can I get back voice?

Be careful: As soon as possible, you will need to see an ENT doctor who has a strong interest in voice. Ent needs to visualize your vocal cords to determine if there are any nodules or lesions that may be affecting the quality of your voice. It is possible you could make your singing and talking voice worse if you don't seek a medical opinion 1st. If it is simple laryngitis, there are ways to get you ready. ...Read more

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I have laryngitis could this cause me to get bells palsey? Or will having a cold virus cause bp

I have laryngitis could this cause me to get bells palsey? Or will having a cold virus cause bp

Ans: I cause of Bell's palsy is suspected to be a virus attacking the nerve. If you have symptoms please see doctor right away for treatment to hopefully lesson any residual symptoms ...Read more

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I get laryngitis about twice a year. Is that abnormal? I work in a profession where I need my voice. How do you cure this?

I get laryngitis about twice a year. Is that abnormal? I work in a profession where I need my voice. How do you cure this?

Laryngitis: Larynigitis (a viral cause of acute hoarseness) is a pretty common infection. Everyone will get it, and usually more than once. For most adults they get it every few years or so. If you are in a profession where you use your voice a lot, then these episodes of hoarseness twice a year are probably not viral laryngitis, but are probably episodes of voice decompensation related to your work. ...Read more

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Severe laryngitis 3 times so far this year. Prone to this since childhood. What causes this susceptivility? Should I consider tonsillectomy?

Severe laryngitis 3 times so far this year. Prone to this since childhood. What causes this susceptivility? Should I consider tonsillectomy?

Laryngitis is a...: ...problem at the level of the vocal cords. The susceptibility secondary to receptors in that are to the VIRUSES that tend to produce this problem-not bacteria. Tonsillectomy will have no benefits on decreasing your episodes of laryngitis. Did you used to develop croup too as a child? Very likely... ...Read more

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Laryngitis, what can I take or do from home to get my voice back and loosen flem/mucus. Loosing voice?

Laryngitis, what can I take or do from home to get my voice back and loosen flem/mucus. Loosing voice?

See below: Rest your voice, drinking plenty of fluid---tea with honey is great, Mucinex (guaifenesin) sometimes helps with mucus. If no improvement, see your doctor. ...Read more

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How can I improve my immune system? Had me 5 years ago & constantly get colds, flu &laryngitis which takes weeks to recover from. Hard to live normal

How can I improve my immune system? Had me 5 years ago & constantly get colds, flu &laryngitis which takes weeks to recover from. Hard to live normal

Immune System: Good diet, multivitamin, exercise, probiotics. If you have never had your immune system evaluated then consider visiting an immunologist. ...Read more

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I'm 34 and had tonsils out 4 1/2 yrs ago. Whenever I get a cold I get laryngitis. August I had vocal polyps removed and now have 1st cold & laryngitis?

I'm 34 and had tonsils out 4 1/2 yrs ago. Whenever I get a cold I get laryngitis. August I had vocal polyps removed and now have 1st cold & laryngitis?

Immunity: Sorry to hear you aren't feeling well. It sounds like you are highly susceptible to infection. Are you asking why you are sick again after having a tonsillectomy and polypectomy? Some people just have a predisposition to infection for multiple reasons. Try frequent salt water gargles and ask your dentist or primary care doctor for chlorhexadin mouthwash. ...Read more

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How do you get rid of laryngitis and what are the causes? Also what kind of allergy will make you cough?

How do you get rid of laryngitis and what are the causes? Also what kind of allergy will make you cough?

Laryngitis: The major cause of laryngitis is viral infection, but this can also be due to allergic reactions, as can cough. In phoenix you might be concerned with the possibility of coccidiodomycosis (desert fever), and a visit to a local doctor would not be a bad idea. ...Read more

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Is it common to have laryngitis everytime I get a cold... I recently has Globus due to stress and now I have lost my voice for the 4th time this year?

Reflux?: See ENT or internist to rule out a severe case of gastroesophaheal reflux which can be asymptomatic except for recurrent bouts of sore throat. Heartburns, slow digestion, and bloating may be hints pointing to the diagnosis. A throat exam can tell you if the problem is reflux. Otherwise get checked for strep ...Read more

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I have outgrown asthma but now frequently get laryngitis, croup and windpipe infections is there anything I can do?

I have outgrown asthma but now frequently get laryngitis, croup and windpipe infections is there anything I can do?

See below: You may have lingering asthma - try maintenance medications such as inhaled steroid and/or avoiding triggers. Also make sure you get the flu and pneumonia vaccines. Good luck! ...Read more

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Yesterday my voice was hoarse & today I can't talk - my dr says its laryngitis- how long does that last & what can I do to get my voice back? Help!

Yesterday my voice was hoarse & today I can't talk - my dr says its laryngitis- how long does that last & what can I do to get my voice back? Help!

See below: Viral infectiions cause the majoritty of cases of acute laryngitis. Mycoplasma and chlamydophilia infectiions are also frequent causes. Treatment is generally symptomatic ie. Voice rest, use of antitussives to stop all coughing, analgesics and humidification. Antibiotics are generally not recommended. It usually resolves in less than 7 days. ...Read more

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What tests do I need to take to determine the cause of laryngitis? My voice has been hoarse for a few weeks and is not improving. If I go to the doctor to get it checked out, what type of doctor should I see and what kind tests do they perform? .

Longstanding: Longstanding hoarseness is a concerning warning sign, particularly if you smoke. This condition is best evaluated by an ENT physician, though you may have to see your personal physician first to get a referral. Typically a physical examination will be done and most likely a direct visualization of your throat will be done using a small endoscope. You should have this evaluated as soon as possible. ...Read more

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When does laryngitis get to the point of requiring surgery? I have chronic laryngitis from smoking and acid reflux. I am not having luck quitting smoking and I'm concerned I may one day need surgery to fix this problem. What should I be on the lookout for

When does laryngitis get to the point of requiring surgery? I have chronic laryngitis from smoking and acid reflux. I am not having luck quitting smoking and I'm concerned I may one day need surgery to fix this problem. What should I be on the lookout for

You: You should seek an evaluation from an ENT physician who can diagnose and manage your problem. Both smoking and reflux take a toll on the upper airway causing damage to the structure around the vocal cords. Of more concern is the possibility of a benign or malignant growth in the region. The ENT can use a television probe to visual the area and perform a biopsy if required. ...Read more

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When I get a cold it travels straight down the throat and rarely comes out through the nose. Develops into laryngitis. Why is this?

When I get a cold it travels straight down the throat and rarely comes out through the nose. Develops into laryngitis. Why is this?

Pharyngitis: Hello. It sounds like a virus may be the source of your problems. It's important to practice proper preventative techniques during the cold and flu season. Drink enough fluids, wash your hands, try to avoid sick people and make sure you get your flu shot. Also see your doctor to assure that your immune system is healthy. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have had laryngitis and very sore throat for over 3 weeks. Now I am starting to get "choked" on food and drinks. Are these related/what can I do?

I have had laryngitis and very sore throat for over 3 weeks. Now I am starting to get "choked" on food and drinks. Are these related/what can I do?

Family practice: You may have acid reflux. You may have some scaring of your esophagus from it. See your dr for treatment and possibly see a GI specialist to take a look down your throat. ...Read more

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I started to get a little hoarse while bagging leaves on Wednesday and yesterday my throat became sore and have laryngitis. Today I can't talk. Allerg?

Mold allergies: Likely mold allergies
From the leaves. Use the Flonase and gargle with warm salt water. You can also irrigate the nose with 50 cc of the saline 4 to 5 times a day. ...Read more

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Why I am still having issues with my throat 4 months after having my tonsils and adenoids taken out. Why do I get laryngitis & a sore throat so easy?

May not be related: Please see the ENT surgeon with your complaints. The surgery may not be related to your current symptoms. But chronic laryngitis should be investigated. Could be paresis, polyps, nodules, cancer. ...Read more