More than just a simply sore throat, laryngitis develops when an individual’s voice box, or larynx, and vocal chords are irritated or swollen. There are varying degrees of this condition which range from chronic cases to acute. Acute laryngitis will develop rather suddenly, where individuals are able to recover from the illness in a short period of time; while the chronic form of laryngitis develops over the long-term and can stay with someone for weeks or even months.
There are a variety of factors that can bring on this condition, and some underlying causes of laryngitis include: acid reflux, allergies, long-term smoking, colds and flus, pneumonia, as well as the over-use of an individual’s voice. Those who are in regular contact with irritating chemicals also increase their risk of contracting laryngitis.
Overall recovery of laryngitis generally depends on how severe the condition is to begin with. Most times, the illness takes about 10 days to recover from, and patients can usually get better in the comfort of their homes. However, this all depends on the severity of the laryngitis, and as with most conditions, early detection of this illness is key to recovery efforts.
Still, early detection means being tuned into the signs of this condition. Below are the top 10 signs and symptoms of laryngitis.
While a hoarse voice may be annoying to some, other laryngitis sufferers lose their voice all together. This symptom can happen to those patients that may have contracted the illness due to overusing their voice in the first place, however it can really happen to anyone who contracts the illness.
Still, people who talk a lot for their job (or simply regularly), or even those performers in the entertainment world who use their voices to sing, are often the first to lose their voice when developing laryngitis.