Laryngitis Treatment in Palm Harbor, FL
Laryngitis is when the voice box, or larynx, becomes inflamed. This causes your voice to be raspy and hoarse. Most of the time, it doesn't last more than two weeks. However, in some cases laryngitis can last longer than two weeks, in which case it's considered to be chronic.
Our team has extensive experience treating laryngitis. If you're experiencing symptoms of laryngitis in the Palm Harbor area, contact Gulfcoast ENT today to schedule an appointment by calling (727) 942-4005. We see patients from Largo, Clearwater, Dunedin, Tampa, Palm Harbor, and the surrounding areas.
What Causes Laryngitis?
Laryngitis is usually a side effect of another illness, such as:
- Cold or flu
- Acid reflux
- Allergies or irritants
In other cases, laryngitis is brought on by environmental factors, like overuse of your voice and improper singing techniques.
How Is Laryngitis Diagnosed?
Initially you may go to your primary care physician who will give you a physical exam to feel you neck. Your doctor will check for lumps or tenderness and check your nose, mouth and throat.
If the symptoms are bad enough or have been going on longer than two weeks, you may be referred to an otolaryngologist. They will do a more in-depth exam that will look closely at your vocal cords to see what they look like.
For most patients, home remedy is the common treatment for laryngitis and you larynx will heal over time. Some remedies include:
- Resting your vocal cords
- Drinking plenty of liquid (while avoiding alcohol and caffeine)
- Use a humidifier to breathe moist air
- Moisten your throat by eating lozenges, gargling salt water or chewing gum
- Avoid clearing your throat
If your physician thinks symptoms are worse or you have chronic laryngitis, they may prescribe medication to treat it. This is usually the case if GERD, or acid reflux, is the cause of your laryngitis.
Schedule a Laryngitis Consultation
If you have any questions about laryngitis, please call Gulf Coast Ear, Nose & Throat at (727) 942-4005 to schedule an appointment in Palm Harbor. We are just a short drive from Largo, Clearwater, Dunedin, and Tampa. ENT Specialist Jose A. Berrios, MD is board-certified and a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and has extensive experience treating laryngitis.