Ear, Nose and Throat

Disorders

Procedures

Imaging Services

Pediatric ENT

Delta Medix Patient General Information

Laryngitis

Laryngitis is inflammation of the larynx (voice box) and is usually associated with hoarseness or loss of ones voice.  The larynx is a structure that contains our vocal cords. When the vocal cords become inflamed or infected, there is swelling that will cause changes in our voice.  The most common cause for laryngitis is a virus but can also be caused by allergies, bronchitis, GERD, injury, inhalation of chemicals or irritants, and often occurs with an upper respiratory infection.  Since the cause of laryngitis is usually viral, antibiotics will not help.  Voice rest to reduce the inflammation of the vocal cords is perhaps the best method of treatment.  A humidifier may also help.  Pain relievers and fluids may also be used as supportive measures.