Laryngitis

ExitCare ImageLaryngitis is redness, soreness, and puffiness (inflammation) of the vocal cords. It causes hoarseness, cough, loss of voice, sore throat, and dry throat. It may be caused by:

  • Infection.

  • Too much smoking.

  • Too much talking or yelling.

  • Breathing in of toxic fumes.

  • Allergies.

  • A backup of acid from your stomach. 

HOME CARE

  • Drink enough fluids to keep your pee (urine) clear or pale yellow.

  • Rest until you no longer have problems or as told by your doctor.

  • Breathe in moist air.

  • Take all medicine as told by your doctor.

  • Do not smoke.

  • Talk as little as possible (this includes whispering).

  • Write on paper instead of talking until your voice is back to normal.

  • Follow up with your doctor if you have not improved after 10 days.

GET HELP IF:

  • You have trouble breathing.

  • You cough up blood.

  • You have a fever that will not go away.

  • You have increasing pain.

  • You have trouble swallowing.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.