Laryngitis is inflammation of mucous membrane of the larynx.

There are acute and chronic laryngitis.

Acute Laryngitis

Acute laryngitis is usually caused by an infection. It may result from flu, acute respiratory infection or scarlatina.

Causing factors for laryngitis include:

  • Extreme cold
  • Loud cry
  • Inhaling gases
  • Dusty environment
  • Smoking

Symptoms of acute laryngitis include:

  • Dry and scratchy throat
  • Dry cough
  • Voice is hoarse or lost
  • Redness and swelling of the mucous membrane
  • Occasionally, may be high temperature

Treatment for acute laryngitis include:

Treatment is aimed at elimination of the causes for inflammation and improvement of symptoms. This includes:

  • Medication treatment
  • Gargling throat
  • Putting warm compresses or bandages against throat
  • Inhalations
  • Quit smoking
  • Stop eating spicy, too hot or cold foods
  • Avoid speakin

Chronic Laryngitis

Causative factors for chronic laryngitis include:

  • Regularly recurring acute laryngitis
  • Use of alcohol
  • Smoking
  • Repeated abnormal use of voice organs

Symptoms of chronic laryngitis include:

  • Hoarseness
  • Scratchy throat
  • Regular semicough
  • Voice gets tired rapidly