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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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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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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?

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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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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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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I've had laryngitis over and over again for the last few months. It's just a bit of hoarseness and then it's gone, but I use my voice for my work.?

I've had laryngitis over and over again for the last few months. It's just a bit of hoarseness and then it's gone, but I use my voice for my work.?

Happens: This hoarseness is common in people who use their voices, as teachers, singers, etc. But if it is recurring, you need to see an ENT for an examination, rest your voice when it happens, see a doctor soon, good luck.
P.S. You need an adult to ask on your behalf if you're under 18 years, according to HT rules ...Read more

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I've had laryngitis twice in five years and once when I was about 8 and now I have no higher voice and it cuts out all the time. Is that normal?

I've had laryngitis twice in five years and once when I was about 8 and now I have no higher voice and it cuts out all the time. Is that normal?

It is not normal: Step 1 is to make sure your GERD is optimally controlled. If not, and you have been taking appropriate medication, it may be time to have an endoscopy. Notably, Percocet can exacerbate GERD by slowing stomach emptying time. Step 2 may be to have the vocal cords visualized by ENT (another scope). Afterward, you may benefit from voice therapy. Finally, rule out allergic asthma/rhinitis ...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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I delevoped laryngitis without knowledge and ive had it for 4 years now. My throat is constantly Mucus covered and I have a hoarse voice. Please help?

I delevoped laryngitis without knowledge and ive had it for 4 years now. My throat is constantly Mucus covered and I have a hoarse voice. Please help?

Medicine: Who diagnosed the laryngitis? If you have mucous, you likely need an antibiotic and will need to be seen by a provider. In the meantime hot teas with honey can be very soothing for hoarse, sore throats. Logenzes are also helpful. ...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? .

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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I have had laryngitis for the past 13 days. I had an appointment with my dr, who said just allergies. I have no other symptoms, only that by the end of a typical work day, tired, and throat a little sore due to using voice all day. Is this normal for al

I have had laryngitis for the past 13 days. I had an appointment with my dr, who said just allergies. I have no other symptoms, only that by the end of a typical work day, tired, and throat a little sore due to using voice all day. Is this normal for al

After: After 2 weeks without any other symptoms, you may want to look into other reasons for your laryngitis.

There are number functional and anatomical problems that can cause prolonged laryngitis such as:
- otherwise silent reflux related changes,
- vocal fold hemorrhage (broken blood vessels),
- muscle tension dysphonia,
- benign or malignant growths (especially if you are a smoker)

these can be diagnosed via a laryngoscopic exam performed by an otolaryngologist otherwise known as an ear nose and throat doctor. If your laryngitis persists, you may want to have your doctor recommend a specialist who has the tools to complete a more thorough exam. ...Read more

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How long does laryngitis take to make voice go away?

By swelling: It causes swelling and inflamation of the larynx and causes the traditional hoarseness associated with laryngitis. ...Read more

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How long will it take for my voice to come back after laryngitis?

Depends: Acute laryngitis by definition lasts less than 3 weeks, its origin can be infectious or non-infectious, chronic conditions are more difficult to treat and happen mostly to middle age folks. Your voice should start to improve within a week, but can take much longer, depending on the cause... ...Read more

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Had laryngitis nearly 2 weeks ago finished antibiotics nearly a week ago. My voice is better but still not 100% why?

Inflammation: Although the antibiotic will kill the bacteria that caused your illness, the inflammation caused by the bacteria will take up to 6 weeks to resolve completely. As long as your voice continues to improve you should be fine. If at 6 weeks after you infection you are not 100% see you local md. ...Read more

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Had a hoarse voice for an hour only, sounded like laryngitis. What else can cause this if not an allergy? Thought it was but on re-eating, nothing.

Had a hoarse voice for an hour only, sounded like laryngitis. What else can cause this if not an allergy? Thought it was but on re-eating, nothing.

Hoarse voice: Most cases of acute onsect of horaseness of voice is from viral illness
other causes includes esophageal reflux, vocal cord problems. ...Read more

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Can you permanently lose your voice from laryngitis?

Laryngitis: It is a inflammatory condition. Once the last inflammation is fixed the voice returns. It should not be permanent but bless some other coexisting pathology is there. ...Read more

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How do you make your voice strong again after laryngitis?

Speech therapy.: Many things, like throat infections/viral infections can cause laryngitis. It takes time to recover the voice, like 1+ weeks, and it recovers usually when the illness subsides/resolves. You might benefit from a visit to an otolaryngologist (an ear, nose, and throat doctor) for vocal cord/speech therapy, or see your regular doctor for correct direction. ...Read more

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How long does it take to regain your voice after laryngitis?

Possibly 1-2 weeks.: Many things, like throat infections/viral infections can cause laryngitis. It takes time to recover the voice, like 1+ weeks, and it recovers usually when the illness subsides/resolves. You might benefit from a visit to an otolaryngologist (an ear, nose, and throat doctor) for vocal cord/speech therapy, or see your regular doctor for correct direction. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover your voice after having laryngitis?

Short time: Simple laryngitis usually recovers within a week. If it lasts longer you should see an ENT doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more

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How long should patients with laryngitis practice voice rest?

Laryngitis: At least till laryngitis settles down, preferably for couple of days more. ...Read more

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I want to increase the tone of my voice to the loudest and make it heard despite laryngitis. How can I make my voice less raspy?

Rest your voice: The worst thing you can do is to force your voice. If you want it to get better, you need to give it a rest by not speaking or by whispering. ...Read more

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Been 1 week since voice returned after laryngitis. My voice is different. It's deeper, raspy and has breaks when speaking. Will it return to normal?

Yes: Laryngitis is typically caused by viruses, which can remain in your system for 1-2 weeks. The viruses infect the vocal cords, causing voice changes. These typically resolve after 1-2 weeks. ...Read more

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I had laryngitis so quit smoking, its been 3 months I still have a craggy voice?

You must be seen!: Someone needs to examine your vocal folds with an endoscope. ...Read more

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If you have laryngitis, and rest your voice, will a few sentences a day throw off your healing? Are anti-inflammatories recommended?

Laryngitis.: Anti- inflammatories are recommended. Ibuprofen 600-800 mg 3 times/day. Lots of hot salt water gargles and lozenges as needed for relief of pain. A few sentences per day will not delay healing. ...Read more

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Is a hoarse voice a symptom of strep throat or laryngitis?

Is a hoarse voice a symptom of strep throat or laryngitis?

Laryngitis: Acute laryngitis sx are hoarse voice, cough, sore throat and other URI sx.Strep throat has headache, sore throat with exudate, bodyaches, fever, chills and no hoarse voice. ...Read more

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I have nodules&cysts on throat. Can a daterapedrug cause laryngitis? Some1 slipped a GHB on my alcoholic drink 2 & half weeks ago, now voice is all gone

Unlikely now: It sounds like u have been through a traumatic time, both socially and medically. You should have seen a doctor who diagnosed these nodules and cysts, or do so. If u think u were sexually assaulted or even just abused by being given a drug, u should speak to your physician, guardian, close friend or even er doctor. Trying to handle such a serious life event alone can be even more harmful. ...Read more

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I have laryngitis, but I teach kids so I need to talk. I know I shouldn't whisper or yell; will talking do permanent voice damage?

Use with caution: You are at high risk for voice problems due to your profession so, if you're struggling, it's worth being examined by a laryngologist. S/he should look at the voicebox with a special 'scope' and do a test called 'stroboscopy'. You may need voice rehab, also, to be at your best. Until you are evaluated, try to conserve your voice when you're not at work. You are correct not to whisper. ...Read more

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What causes my vocal chords and voice box to be swollen and infected and you have laryngitis for 6 months?

Voice abuse: I have to ask how you would know that your vocal folds are are swollen and infected? Only a laryngologist would be able to tell you. If you have not had a direct look at the vocal folds by a specialist, you could not know that you have laryngitis. Moreover, a viral infection of the vocal folds would never last for 6 months. The likely cause of hoarseness of that duration would be voice abuse. ...Read more

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I have had Laryngitis or voice loss for 6 days now, it comes and goes. In the past 24 hours I have been suffering from a choking sensation.

I have had Laryngitis or voice loss for 6 days now, it comes and goes. In the past 24 hours I have been suffering from a choking sensation.

Consult doctor: There are a few possibilities. May just be phlegm stuck in the larynx (voice box) however it's important to get reviewed in case this is something different like a tracheitis (windpipe infection) or a supraglottitis (infection above the voice box) which can affect breathing and swallowing. May also need to consider reflux Please see doctor urgently if breathing or swallowing difficulties ...Read more

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How do I know if I have allergies, laryngitis, or strep. Number one issue is losing my voice and I can barely speak now.

Possibly: If you have nasal symptoms and laryngitis from post-nasal drips, the problem may be allergic especially when it is seasonal or from sinusitis. On the other hand, abuse of the vocal cord (from talking too much or trying to alter your natural tone of voice), the presence of a vocal cord nodule, or even acid reflux can lead to hoarseness. See ENT to get checked out. ...Read more

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I have a sever soar throat and caugh and loss of voice. And congestion. Had bad. Acid reflex recently. Could it be laryngitis?

I have a sever soar throat and caugh and loss of voice. And congestion. Had bad. Acid reflex recently. Could it be laryngitis?

Yes: Loss of voice is usually due to laryngitis it may last a couple of days but usually recovers without any complications. Treatment is supportive without the need of any medications. If however your sore throat gets worse with high fevers and increased cough you should see a physician for pharyngitis. This is also usually viral and does not need any medications, however rarely strep throat maybe diagnosed which does need antibiotics. ...Read more

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I have a dry cough, slight sore throat and lost my voice a little. Are these symptoms of laryngitis? If not what could it be?

Laryngitis: Yes, it is possibly viral laryngitis and if you are still smoking you need to stop. It could also be bronchitis. Both are likely to heal with rest, lots of fluids, voice rest, and time. If you get a high fever or start coughing up green phlegm you should see your doctor. ...Read more

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Laryngitis (Definition)

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