This is inflammation and/or swelling of the larynx (voice box). It can lead to hoarseness or difficulty speaking.
Laryngitis is caused by inflammation of the larynx, also known as the voice box. The larynx is located in the top part of the airway, between the trachea and the pharynx. It contains the vocal cords, which are necessary for speech. Laryngitis is most commonly caused by a viral infection, such as the common cold. Some other causes of laryngitis may include:
The viruses and bacteria that can cause laryngitis are usually spread from person to person. To help prevent laryngitis:
Smoking is an irritant that can frequently lead to laryngitis and hoarseness. If you smoke, quitting can decrease your risk of developing laryngitis, hoarseness, and/or cancer of the larynx or throat.
Other symptoms that can occur with laryngitis are due to the infection that caused the condition. These symptoms include fever, swollen glands in the neck, cough and sore throat. To treat your symptoms, you can try:
If you smoke, quit! Smokers are much more likely to get conditions that cause inflammation of the larynx.
Make an appointment with your healthcare provider if your laryngitis happens suddenly, you have high fever or you have been seen but are not getting better.
What should I ask my healthcare provider about my symptoms?
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