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How To Treat Laryngitis Quickly
What causes laryngitis and how can you treat it. Is it possible that its a viral and has to work its way out?
Infection and yes: An infection, usually viral or bacterial can irritate and inflame your voice box (laryngitis). Viruses are common and may need to be "worked out" over time with resting your voice, keeping your "fluids up" and using throat sprays or mild otc pain meds as needed to alleviate any pain, etc.
Will penecillin and prednisone treat reocurring laryngitis? I've had laryngutis 5 times and went to the dr twice and each time was given those meds.
No: Laryngitis usually caused by post nasal drip. Requires time to heal and drainage to stop. In contrast, pharyngitis or tonsillitis may be caused by bacteria which could respond to penicillin and prednisone. Typically penicillin reserved for proven group a beta hemolytic strep. Requires throat culture or quick strep test to prove.
Can laryngitis be treated? About 6 days ago I developed a sinus infection and sore throat. After 2 days those symtpoms vanished, but now have had laryngitis for 4 days. How can I treat this?
Laryngitis: The cure for acute laryngitis is unfortunately as elusive as the cure for common cold. Both respond best to home remedies as medical science has for now nothing better to offer. For laryngitis allow voice rest, hot thick drinks like warm milk or tea with honey, hydration/humidification, let it run its course - should resolve within 2 weeks.See 1 more doctor answer
How can I treat laryngitis? I have recently had a sinus infection and sore throat. Those symptoms lasted only a couple of days, but have had laryngitis for 4 days. Is there something special I could be doing to help and how long could this last?
Not much: Acute laryngitis following a an upper respiratory tract infection (sore throat, ? Sinusitis) is almost always viral. Laryngitis is secondary to post nasal drainage leading to swelling of the vocal folds (laryngitis). Fluids, vitamin c and let your immune system eradicate the virus. If you are not significantly better in 10 to 14 days, see your physician.See 1 more doctor answer
Hello... A couple of weeks ago I was treated for bronchitis and laryngitis. I have had a sore throat for the last couple days and really dark yellow mucus and blood coming up. My ear has began to ache. What is going on?
Check it out: See your doc. You may have a secondary bacterial infection
Laryngitis: Most of the time, laryngitis is caused by a virus, the same as head colds. Symptoms last 3 - 10 days, and will clear with time. If symptoms don't' clear, suspect an irritant such as acid reflux or a secondary bacterial infection. Go see your doctor, if symptoms don't clear by 10 days.See 1 more doctor answer
The first thing is: To be sure of the diagnosis. Second is what is the cause? Third is what is the precipitating and relieving factor. After full evaluation by your doctor, you will definitely get some help. If it viral, it is self limited. If it is due to acid reflux, medicines like Omeprazole help etc.
Maybe, maybe not: Laryngitis symptoms are usually caused by viruses, but allergies, stomach reflux, etc..., can also cause symptoms. Cool, moist air can improve symptoms (vs. Warm, dry air). An air conditioner cools the air, but also dries the air, so it is hard to say how much help an a/c would offer. Also, old or dirty a/c air can have molds, dust, etc..., that can cause allergy symptoms and make things worse.
Multple causes: Laryngitis is an inflammation of the vocal folds causing hoarseness. However, the term laryngitis is really a non specific term meaning hoarseness or roughness of the sound of the voice. As such, the causes of hoarseness are multiple and include infection, nodule, polyp, granuloma (gerd) and even tumor. The diagnosis can be found if a doctor looks at your larynx with a scope. It is not caught.
Laryngitis: In your age group the most common cause of laryngitis is caused from an upper respiratory viral infection---usually associated with a barky cough --noted especially at night. Treatment that is useful is a short coarse of prednisone--or a shot of dexamethasone---talk with your Doctor Over the counter treatments are many-- gargles, sprays and various throat lozengers--simple honey and lemon works
Try an antacid: It is possible that you are suffering from silent reflux. Stomach acid can move up your esophagus (throat) and into the back of your mouth. Irritation of your larynx (vocal cords) and taste buds can occur leading to hoarseness and altered taste. You can try a 2 week course of Prilosec otc. If no significant benefit then an ENT consultation is warranted.See 1 more doctor answer
Gargling: You are not going to cure laryngitis. It is usually viral, occasionally traumatic and sometimes overuse strain. You may find relief of symptoms by gargling with warm saline. Some will add honey to solutions and there are a variety of other home remedies. It will go away in a day or two if you do nothing.See 1 more doctor answer
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