Symptoms, remedies, treatments and care for Laryngitis
Laryngitis is an inflammation of the voice box (larynx). This swelling causes distortion of the sounds and makes the voice raspy or hoarse.
Causes of laryngitis may include upper respiratory infection from the common cold, overuse of the vocal cords from talking, singing, or shouting, gastroesophageal reflux, smoking or the exposure to polluted air.
Symptoms of laryngitis include hoarseness, loss of voice, sore throat, congestion in the throat and coughing. Laryngitis is not often serious and in most cases resolves without treatment in about a week.
A sore throat is pain, scratchiness or irritation of the throat that often worsens when you swallow. The most common cause of a sore throat (pharyngitis) is a viral infection, such as a cold or the flu. It can also be caused by environmental factors like dry air.
Based on the part of the throat they affect, there are different kinds of sore throats:
Symptoms of sore throat may include scratchy, burning, raw, dry, tender, irritated throat. Your throat or tonsils might also look red. Sometimes, white patches or areas of pus will form on the tonsils.
- Pharyngitis affects the area right behind the mouth.
- Tonsillitis is swelling and redness of the tonsils, the soft tissue in the back of the mouth.
- Laryngitis is swelling and redness of the voice box, or larynx.
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