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Is Laryngitis Contagious
My daughter has laryngitis, i was told its contagious, but i'm wondering how soon will i know if i've been infected? And what to look out for (symptom
Acute Laryngitis: Is a viral illness, when viruses infect larynx, there is barking cough, hoarseness of voice, sometimes loss of voice, low grade fever. It is a disease of children, adults are not affected that much. If adult gets, milder similar symptoms occur. Treatment: humidified air/steam inhalation, more fluid intake, can use vicks in vaporizer. Keep her home, keep other children away to prevent spread. ...Read more
Yes, it is: Yes, it is contagious. The causes can be viral or bacterial. Most common cause is a viral infection. ...Read more
Depends on cause: If it's caused by a bacterial or viral infection then you were likely already the most contagious before you developed the laryngitis when the runny nose,headache,cough,and sore throat were occurring. If caused by overuse or gastroesophogeal reflux then you're not contagious at all. Always make sure to wash hands frequently when sick with upper respiratory bugs to prevent transmission. ...Read more
Supportive care: 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 with others. It will decrease the chances of others catching it. Hope you feel better soon. ...Read more
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
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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