Acute Laryngitis

Acute laryngitis is the inflammation of the larynx and the vocal fold mucosa that generally does not last for more than three weeks. Vocal misuse, upper respiratory tract infection, and exposure to harmful agents cause acute laryngitis. Using humidifiers and complete voice rest are the ways to manage acute laryngitis.

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I have viral laryngitis. When will I recover?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a pretty intense viral infection. The symptoms started six days ago, and I have not completely lost my voice, but I am a singer who has been on near-total vocal rest for about three days. How long does it take for me to recover from laryngitis? I tested negative for strep test- ra...  Read Full »

Dr. B. Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to As a rule, we always recommend 14 days of absolute voice rest to ensure complete healing of your vocal cords. At the same time, refrain from consuming cold beverages and alcohol and make sure that you do not eat anything oily or spicy. Avoid gargles as they do not al...  Read Full »

Should tingling sensation in the throat be a cause for concern?

Query: Hi doctor,I have a feeling of something stuck in my throat with a tingling sensation for the past two days. I have phlegm in the morning after getting up. I have this issue for a year. I have not traveled anywhere other than on shopping trips. I have a bad habit of occasional mucophagy. I do not hav...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. According to your statement, you are suffering from the feeling of something stuck in your throat with a tingling sensation. This occurs due to irritation of the mucus membrane of the throat, esophagus, or trachea. You can also have a symp...  Read Full »

Why am I having sudden breathlessness with inconsistent voice?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a singer and I have a big problem with my voice, I really hope you can help. My voice is fine for the 10 months of the year, but right when summer starts, I completely lose my voice. This started last year, when I started getting uncomfortable when singing. At first just the high...  Read Full »

Dr. B. Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I feel you are having seasonal acute laryngitis. First and foremost acute inflammation of the vocal cords what we call as acute laryngitis requires proper precautionary measures for a certain amount of time with proper treatment failing which the problems will recur aga...  Read Full »

I feel discomfort after accidental choking for a few seconds. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 21-year-old healthy male with no underlying conditions. Today about six to seven hours ago, I was getting a haircut and the barber had the cape/blanket around my neck pretty tight and so I asked him to loosen it and when he did, he yanked it back before unbuttoning it and it choke...  Read Full »

Dr. Mehak Agarwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your symptom seems to be temporary. You need not worry about it. You can take a plain Paracetamol 750 mg (Tylenol) twice daily for three days after food. Tylenol will not only reduce the pain and discomfort but also the inflammation post-injury. Instead of Semitheco...  Read Full »

I had flu and now lost my voice. What can be done?

Query: Hi doctor, I had flu now. I have lost my voice. It is deep husky. I can only say certain words and its pressure to talk and when I do sounds deep congested. Currently, I am taking Panadol.  Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You are having affected voice and congestive symptoms. Hence it could be laryngitis like larynx inflammation condition. Your indirect laryngoscopy examination (which is OPD procedure) should be done to visualize larynx. You can be prescribed short-term steroid course...  Read Full »

My voice is so hoarse I can barely speak. Please suggest a remedy.

Query: Hello doctor, Good day to you. I was having post nasal drip all last week. Yesterday, it was going away, but today I woke up and my voice is almost gone. I can barely speak. My throat does not hurt. It just feels a little scratchy, constant clearing of throat too and I have developed a cough now wi...  Read Full »

Dr. Mashfika N Alam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You seem to have a typical case of laryngitis associated with viral infection. You should rest the voice, that is, speak less until you feel like the symptoms are resolving. Avoid throat clearing as it irritates the throat further and hinders healing. Steam inhalat...  Read Full »

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