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How is laryngitis treated?

Acute laryngitis typically resolves on its own without any intervention. Home care may include: drinking lots of fluids; taking over-the-counter pain-relief medications such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen as recommended; breathing in humidified air, using a humidifier, and; resting the voice. Quiet conversation is generally OK, but whispering makes the larynx work harder, so is best avoided. The treatment of chronic laryngitis depends on the underlying cause. Treatment may include: quitting smoking; reducing alcohol consumption; treating the underlying medical condition, i.e., people with heartburn need to reduce their stomach acid reflux, and; surgical removal of vocal cord nodules or polyps.

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Author: Dr Idan Ben-Barak PhD, MSc, BSc (Med)
First answered: 15 Jul 2015
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Laryngitis


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