Laryngitis Medical Treatment
After a careful exam the doctor will decide on a course of treatment.
- Most of the time, the doctor will recommend the home care actions and
may recommend that the patient see an ear, nose, and throat specialist
(otolaryngologist). The otolaryngologist may be recommended if the primary
care doctor has concern that a more serious medical condition is present, or
if the laryngitis has persisted for a long period of time.
- If the doctor is concerned about a bacterial
infection causing the laryngitis, then he or she will prescribe a course of
- Sometimes, the doctor may choose to observe the patient in the office or the emergency department for a short period of time in order to be sure
he or she is not getting worse quickly.
If the patient has any signs of respiratory distress or
think the airway could swell and close, then he or she will be admitted to the hospital.
- In some emergency situations, more commonly in children than adults, the danger of
the throat swelling shut exists.
This is usually from a contagious infection.
- It may be necessary to place a breathing tube into the patient's throat in order to breathe for
him or her (the procedure is called intubation).
- The patient will then be placed on a ventilator (a machine to breathe for
- In this situation, the patient will receive IV antibiotics and likely steroids.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/9/2012
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