August 29, 2015
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Laryngitis (cont.)

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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 resting the voice and 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, including staying well hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, breathing humidified air, taking acetaminophen or ibuprofen for pain control. Patience is required to allow time for the vocal cords to rest and recover.
  • For patients with significant laryngitis that have pain and difficulty swallowing, 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.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/1/2015


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