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Dr. Glenn Kaye
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Laryngospasm (Overview)

Laryngospasm is a clinical condition in which the vocal cords constricted in an uncontrolled manner resulting in difficult and noisy breathing.


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Why do children have more laryngospasm than adults?

Why do children have more laryngospasm than adults?

They aspirate easier: Children aspirate easier, because they eat too fast, or swallow bites of food that are too large, or they eat foods that are not appropriate for there age and/or dentition. ...Read more

Dr. Glenn Kaye
25 doctors shared insights

Laryngospasm (Overview)

Laryngospasm is a clinical condition in which the vocal cords constricted in an uncontrolled manner resulting in difficult and noisy breathing.


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I had a laryngospasm, how do I prevent it?

I had a laryngospasm, how do I prevent it?

Prevent laryngospasm: Laryngospasm occurs suddenly and causes difficulty breathing and speaking. Although frightening, an episode of laryngospasm is brief. The specific cause is not always known, so specific treatment is for a cause is not readily available. Avoid exposure to what seems to have triggered laryngospasm in the past. Treat inhalant allergies and reflux routinely. See your doctor for evaluation. ...Read more

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Laryngeal edema vs laryngospasm, how do I avoid it and prevent it?

Laryngeal edema vs laryngospasm, how do I avoid it and prevent it?

Reflux prevention: One of the most common reasons why both of these occur is due to reflux. Stomach juice leaving the stomach coming up into the throat can cause swelling and inflammation of the voice box. Sometimes if some of this juice gets onto the vocal chords it can lead to spasm. Avoid acidic foods and drinks and don't eat or drink for three hours before going to bed. ...Read more

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Why do children have more laryngospasm than adults?

They aspirate easier: Children aspirate easier, because they eat too fast, or swallow bites of food that are too large, or they eat foods that are not appropriate for there age and/or dentition. ...Read more

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I had a laryngospasm, how do I prevent it?

Prevent laryngospasm: Laryngospasm occurs suddenly and causes difficulty breathing and speaking. Although frightening, an episode of laryngospasm is brief. The specific cause is not always known, so specific treatment is for a cause is not readily available. Avoid exposure to what seems to have triggered laryngospasm in the past. Treat inhalant allergies and reflux routinely. See your doctor for evaluation. ...Read more

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Is laryngospasm a symptom of asthma?

Is laryngospasm a symptom of asthma?

No: Vocal cord dysfunction with closing of the vocal cords inappropriately can cause wheezing in the throat can mimic asthma. Vocal cord dysfunction is frequently associated with acid reflux disease. Rhinoscopy can be helpful in making the diagnosis. Speech therapy can be very helpful in treating this condition. ...Read more

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Is laryngospasm a symptom of asthma or of anaphylaxis?

Is laryngospasm a symptom of asthma or of anaphylaxis?

Neither: Thiis is a reflex that occurs occasionally after surgery due to irritation of the larynx. It causes "roaring disease"in horses when they eat a plant that contains an enzyme that destroys vitamin b1. It is beause of an irritability of the recurrent laryngeal nerve that innervates the cords. Get rid of all sugar "junk" and try taking b1. See a nutritionist for details and look it up in wikipedia. ...Read more

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What to do if I'm having an asthma attack and laryngospasm simultaneously what is the best tfeatment?

Nebulizer: Nebulizer using a bronchodilator such as Albutrol mixed with normal saline will help both with the asthma and the cool mist will help with the laryngospasm. If you don't already own a nebulizer, talk to you doctor about getting one. If you are in distress right now, go to the ER. ...Read more

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Laryngeal edema vs laryngospasm, how do I avoid it and prevent it?

Reflux prevention: One of the most common reasons why both of these occur is due to reflux. Stomach juice leaving the stomach coming up into the throat can cause swelling and inflammation of the voice box. Sometimes if some of this juice gets onto the vocal chords it can lead to spasm. Avoid acidic foods and drinks and don't eat or drink for three hours before going to bed. ...Read more

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4 years I have been on daily nebulizer occasionally high doses of steroids. What they thought is asthma and allergic to all foods. Is it laryngospasm?

4 years I have been on daily nebulizer occasionally high doses of steroids. What they thought is asthma and allergic to all foods. Is it laryngospasm?

Laryngospasm: It can be vocal cord dysfunction but you do not describe any of your symptoms. You also cannot be allergic to all foods. You really need to see an allergist to guide you with your symptoms and determine your allergies properly. ...Read more

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