When you have laryngitis, your larynx or voice box and the area around it becomes inflamed, irritated, and swollen. The swelling of your vocal chords causes them to make distorted sounds, so that your voice sounds 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 problems in adults. It’s usually caused by a cold or other virus and goes away by itself. But it can cause complications in children — notably croup, a swelling of the throat that narrows the airways and causes a “barking” cough. Chronic hoarseness could also be a sign of something more serious.
Certain viruses or bacteria can infect the larynx and cause it to swell. Usually, the virus comes from another illness, such as a cold, the flu, or bronchitis. Chronic laryngitis can be caused by heavy smoking, excessive use of alcohol, or acid reflux (gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD), caused when stomach acid backs up into the esophagus.
Signs and Symptoms
Loss of voice
Tickling, scratchiness, and rawness in your throat
A constant urge to clear your throat
Try to rest your voice for a week or so. Don’t whisper, as that puts more strain on your vocal chords.
> If you smoke, stop.
> Avoid clearing your throat as much as possible.
> Avoid drinking alcohol.
> Use a humidifier or inhale steam from a bowl of hot water.
> Keep your throat moist by sucking on lozenges or chewing gum.
> Gargle several times a day with ½ tsp. of salt in a glass of warm water.
Homeopathy has many remedies and they should be carefully chosen to reflect the similimum. Some of the remedies are
Aconite : Early stage, irritating cough,
Arum triphyllum: Hoarseness, rawness, dry painful cough. Voice of singers or speakers suddenly gives out.
Apis me: Oedema glottitis
Argentum metallicum, Spongia, Phosphorus.