Benjamin Wedro, MD, FACEP, FAAEM
Dr. Ben Wedro practices emergency medicine at Gundersen Clinic, a regional trauma center in La Crosse, Wisconsin. His background includes undergraduate and medical studies at the University of Alberta, a Family Practice internship at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario and residency training in Emergency Medicine at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.
Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD
Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.
- Laryngitis facts
- What is laryngitis?
- What causes laryngitis?
- What are the symptoms of laryngitis?
- Symptoms of laryngitis in adults
- Symptoms of laryngitis in infants and children
- Is laryngitis contagious?
- How is laryngitis diagnosed?
- What is the treatment for laryngitis?
- Are there any home remedies for laryngitis?
- What are the complications of laryngitis?
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- Laryngitis is an inflammation of the voice box.
- Causes of laryngitis include upper respiratory infection or
talking, singing, or shouting; reflux laryngitis;
chronic irritation of the vocal cords; or stroke.
- Laryngitis is contagious if it is caused by an infection.
- The most common symptoms of laryngitis are hoarseness, loss of voice,
and throat pain.
- Symptoms of laryngitis in adults include
dry cough, sore throat, fever,
swollen lymph nodes, pain with swallowing, and a feeling of fullness in the
throat or neck.
- Symptoms of laryngitis in infants in children include croup, hoarse
barky cough, and fever.
- Chronic laryngitis, in which the symptoms last for weeks, may be caused by
by gastroesophageal reflux disease, smoking, or alcohol use.
- Chronic inflammation due to laryngitis may cause nodules or polyps to form on the vocal
- Treatment of laryngitis is usually symptomatic, home remedies, and
resting the voice.
- If symptoms of laryngitis persist for more than a couple of weeks, further testing may be
- Complications of laryngitis include pneumonia, GERD, chronic bronchitis, or vocal chord paralysis.
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