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Laryngitis (cont.)

Laryngitis Diagnosis

Many times you can be evaluated with a thorough complete history and physical exam.

  • The doctor will pay particular attention to the affected patient's ears, nose, throat, and neck.
  • If symptoms are severe, particularly in children, the doctor may order a neck or chest X-ray.
  • The doctor may also choose to look at the patient's throat with a small, lighted scope. This thin scope is inserted through the nose after numbing the nose and nostrils. The procedure only takes a few minutes and may yield valuable information, especially regarding the status of the recurrent laryngeal nerve that controls the movement of the vocal folds (vocal cords).
  • Sometimes in children, rarely in adults, the doctor may order blood work such as a complete blood cell count (CBC).

Laryngitis Home Remedies

If the symptoms have been present for only a few days or occur immediately following an episode of using the voice more than normal, then the main treatment is to rest the voice as much as possible. It is imperative to over-hydrate the body by drinking a lot of fluids.

  • If the affected person has symptoms that suggest a virus is present, such as low-grade fever, cough, nasal congestion, runny nose, muscle aches, or feeling run down, then he or she should be sure to drink lots of fluids and take acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) for the symptoms.
  • Many people find inhaling steam, such as from a hot bath or shower, or a cool mist humidifier makes them feel better.
  • In all cases the affected individual should avoid smoking, areas where others are smoking, and avoid alcohol consumption.
  • Often times, these home remedies should cure the laryngitis or improve it significantly. However, if the home remedies do not make it better, then a doctor should be consulted.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/16/2016

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