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Laryngitis

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by LaRusso L
 

Causes

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:
 

Prevention

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
 

RESOURCES

Family Doctor—American Academy of Family Physicians
http://familydoctor.org

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
http://www.niaid.nih.gov

 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

Health Canada
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca

Public Health Agency of Canada
http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca

 

References


Acute laryngitis. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: hhttp://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. 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: http://www.entnet.org/content/common-problems-can-affect-your-voice. Accessed January 3, 2013.

 

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