Also known as: Voice Loss, Lost Voice, Hoarse Voice, Raspy Voice

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Laryngitis is a swelling of the tissues around the vocal cords. Symptoms include a hoarse (scratchy) voice. The voice may be lost completely. It may be caused by a viral illness, such as a head or chest cold. It may also be due to overuse and strain of the voice. Smoking, drinking alcohol, acid reflux, allergies, or inhaling harsh chemicals may also lead to symptoms. This condition will usually resolve in 1-2 weeks.

Home care

  • Rest your voice until it recovers. Talk as little as possible. If your symptoms are severe, rest at home for a day or so.

  • Breathing cool steam from a humidifier/vaporizer or in a steamy shower may be helpful.

  • Drink plenty of fluids to stay well hydrated.

  • Do not smoke

Follow-up care

Follow up with your healthcare provider or this facility if you have not improved after one week.

When to seek medical advice

Contact your healthcare provider for any of the following:

  • Severe pain with swallowing

  • Trouble opening mouth

  • Neck swelling, neck pain, or trouble moving neck

  • Noisy breathing or trouble breathing

  • Fever of 100.4°F (38.ºC) or higher, or as directed by your healthcare provider

  • Drooling

  • Symptoms do not resolve in 2 weeks