Under the weather patientWe have all been to a concert where we belted out the lyrics to our favorite tunes only to have raspy voice the following day.  But what happens when your voice doesn’t come back after a few days?  You notice that not only you lost your voice, but you may have a cough and a runny nose, accompanied by a high fever.  You might just have laryngitis.

Laryngitis is an inflammation in your voice box (larynx) from overuse, irritation, or infection and causes your voice to become raspy.

How did I get laryngitis?

Some of the cause of laryngitis include:

  • Developing common cold or the flu
  • Voice strain (yelling or overusing your voice)
  • Bacterial or fungal infections
  • Excessive alcohol use
  • Smoking
  • Acid reflux

What are the symptoms?

Some of the symptoms you may experience can be:

  • Sore throat
  • Difficulty or pain with swallowing
  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Nasal congestion

How do you treat laryngitis?

A small case of laryngitis is easily treatable.

  • Rest your voice as much as you can
  • Use a nonprescription cough suppressant
  • Use a humidifier or vaporizer to add moisture to the air
  • Drink plenty of water

If your symptoms last more than a few weeks, you may want to visit your local urgent care facility to be prescribed an antibiotic to reduce your vocal cord inflammation.