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

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

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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Will chronic laryngitis go away if I take an over-the-counter acid reflux medicine? Acid reflux in the past has caused me to have chronic laryngitis. Will over-the-counter reflux pills be strong enough or do I still have to take a prescription medication?

Will chronic laryngitis go away if I take an over-the-counter acid reflux medicine? Acid reflux in the past has caused me to have chronic laryngitis. Will over-the-counter reflux pills be strong enough or do I still have to take a prescription medication?

Usually: Usually you need a strong anti acid medication from the proton pump inhibitor (ppi) family. Prilosec/omeprazole is one of these and can be bought over the counter. You normally need prolonged therapy that should be monitored by a doctor. Ppis can cause weaker bones and there is a risk of worse reflux if you come off of it cold turkey. ...Read more

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What can you take for laryngitis?

What can you take for laryngitis?

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. ...Read more

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How to know if I have laryngitis?

How to know if I have laryngitis?

Voice change: Voice is hoarse and changed.
Diagnosis by ENT endoscopy.
if doesn't improve quickly. ...Read more

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How much time does laryngitis last?

How much time does laryngitis last?

Duration? Endo by ENT: Varies. Depending on duration and when endoscopy also reveals Gastric acid effects ...Read more

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What are symptoms of mild laryngitis?

What are symptoms of mild laryngitis?

Hoarseness: Typically, the symptoms of laryngitis are hoarseness, pain with talking, feelings of a something "stuck" in the throat, sore throat, and thick phlegm. The severity of laryngitis will include increasing levels of pain and increasing levels of loss of voice to total loss of voice. ...Read more

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Laryngitis, what can I do to cure it?

Laryngitis, what can I do to cure it?

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. ...Read more

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What are the main symptoms of laryngitis?

Hoarseness: Typically, the symptoms of laryngitis are hoarseness, pain with talking, feelings of a something "stuck" in the throat, sore throat, and thick phlegm. The severity of laryngitis will include increasing levels of pain and increasing levels of loss of voice to total loss of voice. ...Read more

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Does air conditioner effects on laryngitis?

Does air conditioner effects on laryngitis?

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. ...Read more

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Are there any home remedies for laryngitis?

Are there any home remedies for laryngitis?

Laryngitis: Boil freshly sliced, peeled ginger root in water until the tea is tan. Add 3 tbsp of honey. Sip to help relieve sore throat pain and to accelerate healing of laryngitis. ...Read more

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What is laryngitis and how can it be caught?

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. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of laryngitis usually?

Hoarseness: Loss of voice, hoarseness, breathing difficulty and stoppindg breathing. ...Read more

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What is the best way to help heal laryngitis?

What is the best way to help heal laryngitis?

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 ...Read more

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What to do if I have laryngitis. Am I correct?

What to do if I have laryngitis. Am I correct?

Check duration, ENT: Duration implies a chronic state. Best to check with ENT doctor for endoscopy.
Maybe related to gastric reflux ...Read more

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I'm sure I have laryngitis, how do I treat it?

Voice conservation: Fluids, not too hot or too cold. Warm compresses. It should be all gone within 3 weeks or sooner depending on the cause. ...Read more

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Laryngitis and peppery taste, what should I do?

Laryngitis and peppery taste, what should I do?

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. ...Read more

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What are some home remedies to cure laryngitis?

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. ...Read more

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I have laryngitis. What can I do to relieve this?

Time: Herbal tea (or plain hot water) with honey and lemon can provide some soothing relief, as can gargling with warm salt water (1 Tbsp salt in 8 oz warm water). Otherwise, NSAID medications such as ibuprofen or naproxen can help relieve the pain and discomfort. Generally, laryngitis takes time, and rest to fully heal/resolve. ...Read more

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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

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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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What is laryngitis caused by and how did I catch it?

Many causes: Inflammation of the larynx can be due to infections such as bacteria and virus, fungal; other non infectious causes may include :excessive coughing, smoking, over use of vocal cords, acid reflux etc... ...Read more

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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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I have recurring laryngitis (monthly) what could be the cause?

See your doc: Reoccurring laryngitis is suspicious for chronic post nasal drip or allergies. Also asthma can do this as well as chronic esophageal reflux. Go see your doctor. You might need an ENT consult to check your throat out. ...Read more

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What can I do for laryngitis which I have had for three weeks?

Laryngitis usually: Resolves after two weeks of voice rest. If it persists longer, see an ENT specialist. ...Read more

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Would having diagnosis laryngitis be approved for short term disabilty?

Maybe: If your job involves speaking and case is severe that it won't resolve in a couple of weeks then it may but usually this condition resolves in a week or two with voice rest. ...Read more

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I have laryngitis. What is the best thing I can do to stay from laryngitis?

Strict voice rest: Strict voice rest will usually lead to resolution of hoarseness within 24 hours. If you must speak avoid whispering as this puts more strain on vocal cords than attempting to speak in a normal voice. If hoarseness persists despite strict voice rest then evaluation by a physician is indicated. ...Read more

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I've had bad laryngitis for 2 weeks now and it isn't clearing up. What medication do you recommend for this?

Time to see ENT: You need to have your voice box looked at to best direct treatment. 2 weeks is enough to warrant an ENT evaluation. ...Read more

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When I suffer from laryngitis I can't do anything. It is so painful and horrible, I think i'll turn crazy. Is that normal?

Yes, especially...: It is normal especially among young people. Since laryngitis can take away one`s ability to communicate with others, one may some times have such anxiety like you are experiencing.
Young people feel that their world is crumbling whenever they suffer from acute medical problems even of minor variety. As they get older and older such fears & anxieties get reduced. ...Read more

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I had laryngitis n went to dr she didn't give me meds it went away n a week later it's now back what should I do? Thank you

I had laryngitis n went to dr she didn't give me meds it went away n a week later it's now back what should I do? Thank you

Laryngitis: Usually viral. Give it a day or two and if it does not go away or is getting worse, go back and see your doctor and see what she says. ...Read more

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How long does laryngitis last? I've had it for a week. It's gotten much better, but still not completely gone. Is this normal?

Allergy: Most likely if it is secondary to allergy will last forever, or get better then worst very frequently as long as you are keep getting exposed to the substances you are allergic to.
Take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) at night.
Take any non drowsy allergy medicine during the day, like Claritin/ Zyrtec/ Allegra.
Take a large tablespoon of your own local honey every day. Make sure you do not have reflux, it can do it too. ...Read more

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Is there any cure for laryngitis?

Is there any cure for laryngitis?

Sure: Depends on cause. Most laryngitis occurs with a cold, which means it 's viral. It will improve with time. Some laryngitis is bacterial, but less common. An antibiotic would be used. Some chronic laryngitis could be due to reflux or allergy, and so would be treated with proton pump inhibitors or allergy medications. ...Read more

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What are the after effects of laryngitis?

Laryngitis: Laryngitis is an inflammation of the larynx which contain the vocal cords. It is almost exclusively caused by viral infections. In nearly all cases it will resolve completely with no lasting effects. An exception is, if you stress your voice before it is normal it can lead to chronic inflammation and nodules or scarring of the vocal cords resulting in a chronic hoarse voice. ...Read more

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What are the causes of bronchitis and laryngitis?

What are the causes of bronchitis and laryngitis?

Bacteria, viruses: Both virus and bacteria, sometimes fungus can affect medium size wind pipes and cause inflamatory swelling....Narrowing and wheezing. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for laryngitis?

What is the treatment for laryngitis?

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

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Can stress cause laryngitis?

Can stress cause laryngitis?

Absolutely: General stress can strain your voice, as tension in the muscles of the neck and upper body can change the shape of the larynx slightly, and can cause the vocal cords to constrict. This can change the voice so that it becomes higher than usual. Www. Throatproblems. Pt sd can also cause loss of ability to speak as a form of conversion disorder that may require an abreactive approach to get the voice back. ...Read more