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 What to do about laryngitis? When the larynx (voice box) and the area around it becomes irritated and swollen, what can you do? When you have the condition, you will find your voice changing, becoming hoarse. You may find yourself unable to speak above a whisper, or even lose your voice entirely for a few days. Laryngitis rarely causes serious trouble in adults. But it can cause complications in children—notably croup, a swelling of the throat that narrows the airways and causes a "barking" cough.

Signs and Symptoms
* An unnatural change in your voice
* Hoarseness
* Loss of your voice
* Tickling, scratchiness, and rawness in your throat
* A constant urge to clear your throat
* Fever, general feeling of lethargy and tiredness, and difficulty
   breathing mark more severe cases
 

What Causes It?

Viruses or bacteria infect the larynx, or voice box, and cause it to
swell. That produces irritation and soreness, and changes the voice,
making you sound hoarse and unable to speak above a whisper, or even
causing you to lose your voice entirely for a few days. Often, the virus
comes from another ailment, such as a cold, the flu, or bronchitis.
Overuse of your voice, by screaming or shouting for long periods, can
worsen the irritation and swelling produced by the infection. Smokers
and people who work around fumes to which they are allergic often have
chronic laryngitis. SMOG. Many actors in smoggy LA now have it. NYC too.

* Smoking, smog, bacteria
* Having an upper respiratory infection like a cold, flu, or bronchitis

Diagnosis

Your health care provider will examine your throat and take a culture if
it looks infected. S/he will also examine your sinuses, neck, nose, and
lungs. If you have had laryngitis for a long time, especially if you are
a smoker, a referral to an Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) specialist (also
called an otolaryngologist) may be made for a special test called
laryngoscopy. This test involves use of a rigid or flexible viewing tube
called a laryngoscope to see the back of the throat including the voice
box. Treatment Approach

In most cases, you can treat laryngitis yourself using some simple
lifestyle measures. Antibiotics are almost never needed since most cases
of laryngitis are caused by a virus. If your doctor is concerned about a
possible bacterial infection, antibiotics might be considered (see
Medications). Lifestyle

* Try to rest your voice for a week or so.
* Getting plenty of rest can also speed your recovery.
* Avoid any irritants that might affect your larynx, especially tobacco
smoke.
* Avoid drinking alcohol.
* Gargle several times a day with ½ tsp. of salt in a glass of warm
water. Or hydrogen peroxide.

CONVENTIONAL Medications

* Antibiotics—for laryngitis resulting from a bacterial infection
* Antihistamines—for laryngitis resulting from allergies
* Inhaled steroids—for laryngitis resulting from allergies

Nutrition and Dietary Supplements

Because supplements may have side effects or interact with medications,
they should be taken only under the supervision of a knowledgeable
healthcare provider.

Although not without controversy, certain supplements may help reduce
the length of time of your laryngal problems/ symptoms. Such
supplements include:

* Vitamin C
* Zinc

Herbs

The use of herbs is a time-honored approach to strengthen the body and
treat disease. Herbs, however, contain active substances that can
trigger side effects and interact with other herbs, supplements, or
medications. For these reasons, herbs should be taken with care and only
under the supervision of a practitioner knowledgeable in the field of
herbal medicine. Also, your physician should know about all herbs you
are taking or considering taking.

Barberry (Berberis vulgaris)

Barberry is used to ease inflammation and infection of the respiratory
tracts including pharyngitis, sinusitis, rhinitis (nasal congestion),
and bronchitis.

Echinacea (Echinacea angustifolia/Echinacea pallida/Echinacea purpurea)

Echinacea, also called purple coneflower, is used to shorten the
duration of the common cold and flu and to relieve the symptoms
associated with them, such as sore throat (pharyngitis), cough, and
fever.

Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus)

Eucalyptus is commonly used in remedies to treat coughs and the common
cold. It can be found in many lozenges, cough syrups, and vapor baths
throughout the United States and Europe. Herbalists recommend the use of
fresh leaves in teas and gargles to soothe sore throats and treat
bronchitis and sinusitis.

German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita)

Chamomile has been used traditionally to treat a range of conditions
including chest colds and sore throats. While there are some animal
studies that show that chamomile may reduce inflammation, there are few
studies on people to test such uses. With that said, many people find
chamomile tea quite soothing for a sore throat.

Goldenrod (Solidago virgaurea)

Although studies have not confirmed the value of this use, goldenrod has
been used traditionally by herbalists to treat sore throats and
laryngitis.

Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis)

Many professional herbalists recommend goldenseal in herbal remedies for
hay fever (also called allergic rhinitis), colds, and flu. It is also
available in mouthwashes for sore throats and canker sores.

Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra)

Licorice is a flavorful herb that has been used in food and medicinal
remedies for thousands of years. As an herb, it has long been used by
professional herbalists to relieve respiratory ailments, such as
allergies, bronchitis, colds, and sore throats. It can be used as a
lozenge or tea. Do not take licorice if you have high blood pressure.
Use of any licorice product is not recommended for longer than four to
six weeks. People with obesity, diabetes, or kidney, heart, or liver
conditions should also not use this herb nor should you use it if you
are pregnant, breastfeeding, have decreased libido or other sexual
dysfunction.

Marshmallow (Althea officinalis)

Marshmallow—the herb, not the white puffy confection roasted over a
campfire—has been used for centuries as both a food and a medicine. The
mucilage, or gummy secretion, in the leaves and particularly in the root
may be helpful for soothing sore throats.

Peppermint (Mentha x piperita)

Peppermint and its main active agent, menthol, may feel soothing and calming
for your sore
throat.

Saw Palmetto (Serenoa repens/Sabal serrulata)

Early in the 20th century, saw palmetto was listed in the US
Pharmacopoeia as an effective remedy for bronchitis and laryngitis,
among other conditions.

Slippery elm (Ulmus fulva)

Slippery elm has been used as an herbal remedy in North America for
centuries. The conditions for which slippery elm has received
recognition from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a safe
and effective option include sore throat and respiratory symptoms, such
as cough.

Other

Other herbs that may reduce cold symptoms including, possibly, sore throat
include:

* Garlic (Allium sativum)
* Ginger (Zingiber officinale)

Homeopathy

There have been few studies examining the effectiveness of specific
homeopathic remedies. A professional homeopath, however, may recommend
one or more of the following treatments for laryngitis based on his or
her knowledge and clinical experience. Before prescribing a remedy,
homeopaths take into account a person's constitutional type. In
homeopathic terms, a person's constitution is his or her physical,
emotional, and intellectual makeup. An experienced homeopath assesses
all of these factors when determining the most appropriate remedy for a
particular individual.

* Aconitum — for laryngitis that comes on after exposure to cold and may
be accompanied by a dry cough * Allium cepa— for hoarseness associated
with a cold and clear, watery discharge * Argenticum nitricum— for
laryngitis in nervous, restless individuals that may be brought on by
yelling or singing * Causticum— most commonly used remedy for
individuals who have laryngitis, particularly with mucus in the throat
or laryngitis due to overuse of the voice; coughing is aggravated by
chilly weather and relieved by cold drinks; symptoms worsen at night *
Hepar sulphuricum— for laryngitis with barking cough that worsens in the
morning * Kali bichromicum— for laryngitis with a cough that is
characterized by a stringy yellow mucus; this remedy is most appropriate
for individuals who have a tickling sensation in the back of the throat
with symptoms that worsen after drinking * Phosphorus— for individuals
with a hoarse, dry cough and a burning sensation in the throat; symptoms
tend to be relieved by cold liquids; this remedy is most appropriate for
individuals who tend to be nervous if alone and prefer the company of
others

Other Considerations
Warnings and Precautions

For adults, laryngitis rarely causes serious problems unless you are an actor
Two conditions that may occur in children, however, include:

* Croup which narrows the airway passages, causes difficulty breathing,
and leads to a "barking" cough * Epiglottitis, which is inflammation of
the epiglottis. The epiglottis is the flap of cartilage at the back of
the tongue that closes off the windpipe when swallowing. If it swells,
breathing can be come obstructed.
A baby can die from croup. BUY A BRAND NEW vaporizer and run it
day and night. When he heals, throw it away. Or dry it completely if you
think you can. Hard and when you light it up again, you'll never know
and it can distribute something like LEGIONAIRE's disease in the
nursery.