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Recover Voice Laryngitis
Severe laryngitis for 5 days, voice recovered but still weak 1.5 weeks later. Ent saw no problems with scope. How long for voice to strengthen? I teach
Hard to say: No pun intended, initially. A cold lasts 10 to 14 days, and this was most likely viral, so you're still really in the middle of it. The fact your voice recovered means you are on the mend. Take good care of yourself these next few days, hopefully by monday you feel better. Part of the reason you lost your voice is you use it a lot, as a teacher. Be sure to rest your voice this weekend. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
You must be seen!: Someone needs to examine your vocal folds with an endoscope. ...Read more
Laryngitis, what can I take or do from home to get my voice back and loosen flem/mucus. Loosing voice?
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
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
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
I have laryngitis and cannot stop coughing, I've coughed so much my lungs hurt. I've also lost my voice, anything I can do to heal faster?
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.
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.?
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
I'm a singer, I've been sick since nov due to recurring tonsillitis. Finally it went in jan, but my voice isn't rite yet. Laryngitis? How wud I know?
Vocal cords: You probably need to check with an otolaryngologist for direct visualization of your vocal cords and furhter advice, . ...Read more
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
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
I have laryngitis. I've been using my voice conservatively for about a week. It still seems inflamed. Should I stop talking completely or just wait?
Tincture of time.: Time will cure this more than anything you do. ...Read more
How long does laryngitis last from a virus? I've had it for 11 days now. Couldn't talk at first, gotten better now but voice is still bit croaky. Tx?
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