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Laryngitis?


I know I probably spelled it wrong. But, what is the quickest way to get rid of laryngitis? I lost my voice about 2 days ago and I wanted to know what some remedies are? Thanks.
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Laryngitis is not something you should just take with home remedies, you should go to the doctor so he can prescribe some sort of antibiotics to help, when i had it i also used gargling alcohol and that helped a bit.  (+ info)

laryngitis?


I have laryngitis because of acute bronchitis. I've completely lost my voice, it coming out in squeaks when I force it out when I have to talk. I have a debate, jeopardy game, and a play to do in school on Monday. I know this is usual with bronchitis and all the coughing I've been doing, but is there anything I can do, other than just resting it, to help my voice? Should I just tell my teachers I can't do all of the stuff because of my voice? I'm drinking a lot of water.
I'm just so used to singing along to songs and playing with my friends all day at school that it's hard to remember not to talk when my voice starts out normal that until my voice ends up a pitiful, squeaky, whisper I forget I'm supposed to be resting it. I've heard honey helps, and I love honey.
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cool mist from time to time. dont over do it, ur lungs need warm inspired air. try not to breath w/ ur mouth.  (+ info)

what is laryngitis and what is the quickest way to fix it?


is laryngitis just losing your voice or is it more than that?
i lost my voice on sat because i got sick and it only usually last 1 day?
some one asked if i had laryngitis and honestly i don't really know much about it

is it contagious?
sorry i didn't make myself clear.
usually when i do lose my voice, it's only gone for a day.
now, i haven't been able to get my voice back since saturday.
and i have been doing a lot of lemon and honey.
what else can i do?
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Hi - my name is Lorraine and I am a nurse and I have a lot of personal experience with laryngitis. laryngitis is literally inflammation of the larnyx. The larnyx is the area from the back of your mouth where your tonsils are at the pharynx down through your vocal cords at the voice box. It can become inflammed from a couple of things - one is irritation. For example, you have severe indigestion or you vomit acidic juice up your throat and that irritates it. Or you yell at a football game and the force of yelling irritates it. Irritation causes swelling and even bloody lesions or ulcerations on the tissue, including your vocal cords. Then scabs build up on the cords as they try to heal and it feels like you have somethings in your throat and they affect how your vibration of air moves across your cords-affecting your voice. If you have laryngitis from irritation the best thing you can do is stop irritating it (stop yelling or vomiting, stop acidics an so forth) and rest the cords and the voice will typically return in a few days.
The other reason you may suffer laryngitis is related 80-90% of the time to a virus. Viral laryngitis is caused by some virus you picked up and it can be painful or not so painful. It typicallly lasts several weeks and then just goes away. You can treat it symptomatically - by this I mean with gargling, honey and lemon drops, aspirin gum, tylenol or motrin, and so forth - all those things that may help it to feel better or to remain moist, but it won't go away until the white blood cells in your body fight off the virus and kill it. You may even have sore lymph nodes under your jaw ion your neck - a sign your body is fighting off a foreign body (virus or bacteria).
The last reason people typically get a laryngitis situation is from a bacteria. This is less common and needs to be treated with an antibiotic. When you see the doctor the first time or second time it is a good idea to ask them to do a throat swab to send off and culture and in a few days they can tell you if it was a bacteria and if so, give you the medication that you need to get rid of it.
It definitely can be contagious - use good handwashing and stay out of people's personal space (3 feet of their face) and you shouldn't make anyone else sick.
If you go to an ENT (ear, nose, throat) doc they have a little tiny tube they can put into your throat that you can't even feel and they can look down into the throat and tell you if your cords are inflammed.
In my case, the doctors I went to dicked around with saying it was a virus for 5 weeks and did nothing for me and I was in agony pain and lost my voice and as a nursing instructor that was not good because my class could not hear my lectures. (lucky them!) I finally went to a ENT doc and he told me it was acid reflux. I thought he was full of it and took Nexium a few days and it did no good, so I got a second opinion and saw a second ENT and he took the first throat culture and it came back as a tough bacteria and he called me in the type of antibiotic that would kill it and it was gone in a few days. Five weeks I suffered and went back and forth to the doctors six different times and not once did they take a throat culture until the second ENT did, so now I ask for it if they don't do it. You should see your doctor if this persists. Good luck and I hope that helps. Rest the voice box and vocal cords and find out why you have this inflammation. Good luck-   (+ info)

What is the difference between laryngitis and sore throat?


I've lost my voice. Is it laryngitis or what?
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laryngitis is a bacterial infection and sore throat it's more physical because you probably tired your vocal chords. So if you have a fever is laryngits... if not you probably drank something cold.  (+ info)

What causes chronic laryngitis and choking sensation in throat.?


I have had laryngitis for about three months, and now I also have a choking sensation and pain in my throat. At times the pressure is so bad I feel like I am going to faint. I had breast cancer 7 years ago, and I am worried. Any help is greatly appreciated.
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My bet is acid reflux, which can wreak havoc with the larynx and the muscles at the top of the esophagus.
The muscles I'm talking about form the upper esophageal sphincter, or UES. Acid rising up the esophagus will cause the UES to tighten in order to protect the airway from the acid. That causes a feeling of a lump in the throat, and it gets worse if the reflux isn't treated. In addition to the pain, eating solids, like meat and bread, and problems swallowing saliva are also tell-tale signs.
As far as the pain in the larynx and the chronic laryngitis goes, acid that does make its way through the UES-- typically during sleep-- will cause acid burns to the mucous membranes lining the throat and larynx. The esophagus gets burned too, and leaves erosions with the potential for a condition known as Barrett's Esophagus, a precancerous warning.
Google "reflux precautions" for behavioral changes that will help. You may want to take a proton pump inhibitor, such as Zantac, Pepcid, or Prilosec.
After beginning medication, give it a couple of weeks before you see your doctor. If the pain pesists, see either an ENT or gastroenterologist.  (+ info)

What is the fastest way to get over laryngitis?


I lost my voice 2 days ago from laryngitis. How do I get it back quickly?
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Home treatment is usually all that is needed for laryngitis. This includes resting your voice, adding moisture to your environment (humidification), taking throat lozenges, avoiding smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke, and drinking fluids.

Depending upon the nature of your voice problem, speech training or modification may be a part of your treatment. Your doctor may send you to a speech-language pathologist (speech therapist) for this. This type of therapy helps you learn new methods of talking or how to change bad habits that can cause recurring laryngitis and other problems. Using proper voice technique also helps your larynx heal.

Vocal cords that have been damaged, such as by sores or polyps, may require surgery  (+ info)

How long does it take to recover from laryngitis?


My girlfriend happens to be a singer, and she has completely lost her voice, so how long would it take my girlfriend to get over her laryngitis?
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laryngitis is usually a problem caused by a virus, so it's self-limiting... maybe the maximum time of recovery would be about a week... just tell her to rest, and don't strain her larynx too much for the mean time... tell her to drink lots of fluids...  (+ info)

What is the fastest way to get rid of laryngitis ?


I got laryngitis 2 days ago and I want to get rid of it fast. I still have to go to school and that requires some talking. Any suggestions would be much appreciated.
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Warm soothing liquids, lots of humidity in the air, a cough suppressant and above all else, don't use your voice if at all possible. The more you use it the longer it will take for the muscles to heal.  (+ info)

Whats the best way to treat bronchitis and laryngitis?


I have been sick for about a week, and I finally went to the doctor. I found out that I had bronchitis, laryngitis, and the start of a sinus infection. I lose my voice a lot, but I have never lost it from being sick, and I wondered if there were any ways to help cure bronchitis and laryngitis?
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Rest...stay home and rest as much time as you can
Eat healthy (you are what you eat)  (+ info)

Is it possible to have laryngitis without having a sore throat?


My voice has been gone for about 24 now, and I feel a constant need to clear my throat. However, my throat doesn't feel sore. Could it still be laryngitis?
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Sure, you might have strained your vocal cords. The best thing to do is to not try to talk. Drink warm tea with honey too.  (+ info)

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