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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.
In this Article
- 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?
- Find a local Ear, Nose, & Throat Doctor in your town
What is the treatment for laryngitis?
As with any other structure in the body that becomes inflamed, rest is the key to recovery. For laryngitis, this means limiting the amount of talking. If talking is required, the affected individual should avoid whispering and instead talk in a regular voice, regardless of how it sounds. Whispering requires the vocal cords to be stretched tightly and requires more work by the surrounding muscles and delays recovery time.
- The treatment for viral laryngitis is supportive: plenty
of fluids, humidified air, acetaminophen or ibuprofen for pain, and time
- For patients with significant laryngitis, a short course
of steroids (prednisone,
prednisolone, or dexamethasone) may be used to decrease
the inflammation and shorten the course of symptoms. This treatment option is
often considered for actors, singers, or other affected individuals who have
to make a time sensitive presentation using their voice.
- Dexamethasone as a single
dose given orally (Decadron,
DexPak) or by intramuscular injection (Adrenocot,
CPC-Cort-D, Decadron Phosphate, Decaject-10, Solurex) may be used to treat croup.
- The treatment of chronic laryngitis will be determined by the cause of the inflammation or loss of function. Discontinuation of smoking and alcohol use will have a positive effect.
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