Health Tip: Understanding Laryngitis

When the larynx becomes inflamed

(HealthDay News) - Laryngitis occurs when the larynx -- which houses the vocal cords -- becomes inflamed. The results are hoarseness or loss of voice.

Here is additional information about laryngitis, courtesy of the U.S. National Library of Medicine:

  • Most cases of laryngitis are caused by a virus, which cannot be treated with an antibiotic.
  • In rarer cases, laryngitis is caused by a bacterial infection.
  • Other causes may include allergies or an injury to the larynx.
  • In addition to loss of voice, other symptoms of laryngitis may include fever, swollen lymph nodes, or swollen glands in the neck.
  • To help vocal cords heal, try resting your voice.
  • Use a humidifier to soothe a scratchy sore throat.
Diana Kohnle

Diana Kohnle

Published on February 08, 2008

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