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by LaRusso L


Laryngitis is caused by irritation, overuse, or infection of the voice box. Some of the most common irritants include:
Less often laryngitis may be caused by certain medical conditions such as:

Risk Factors

Factors that may increase your chance of laryngitis include:


You may not be able to prevent some of the illnesses and disorders that can cause laryngitis. To prevent and treat mild hoarseness related to laryngitis:
  • Talk to your doctor about quitting smoking
  • Avoid secondhand smoke
  • Avoid agents that can dehydrate the body, such as alcohol and caffeine
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Humidify your home
  • Get or maintain GERD treatment
  • Try not to use your voice too loudly or for too long
  • Seek professional voice training
  • Avoid speaking or singing when your voice is injured or hoarse


Family Doctor—American Academy of Family Physicians

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases



Health Canada

Public Health Agency of Canada



Acute laryngitis. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: h Updated June 24, 2011. Accessed January 3, 2013.

Common problems that can affect your voice. American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery website. Available at: Accessed January 3, 2013.


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