Laryngitis Treatment in Flower Mound, TX
What is Laryngitis?
Laryngitis is an inflammation of the voice box that causes a change in the air flow to your throat. The change in air flow leads to your voice to become hoarse. Laryngitis is usually not serious and symptoms typically go away on their own within two weeks. On rare occasions, laryngitis can become chronic.
Our board-certified physicians at Lone Star ENT specialize in diagnosing and treating laryngitis at our office in Flower Mound, TX. If you have symptoms of laryngitis or have experienced chronic laryngitis, call us today at (972) 691-0368 to schedule your appointment.
Causes of Acute Laryngitis
Acute Laryngitis typically occurs from an underlying cause. Most common causes include:
- Viral infections, similar to the flu or a cold
- Inflammation of the larynx caused by yelling or overusing your voice
- Rarely, laryngitis can be caued by diphtheria, which is a bacterial infaction
Causes of Chronic Laryngitis
Chronic laryngitis is defined as laryngitis that lasts longer than three weeks. More often than not, chronic laryngitis is caused by vocal cord injuries and strain. Vocal cord injury is caused by:
- GERD ( Acid Reflux)
- Chronic Sinusitis
- Excessive Smoking
- Overusing Vocal Cords while singing or yelling
- Excessive Alcohol Consumption
- Some Inhaled Steroid Medications
Diagnosing and Treating Laryngitis
Laryngitis can usually be diagnosed by a doctor noticing common symptoms such as difficulty swallowing, tickling in the throat, swollen lymph nodes and shortness of breath. Based on your symptoms, your physician can tell you the proper way to treat it. Most cases of laryngitis include resting the vocal cords, drinking a lot of fluids and avoiding smoking. In cases where laryngitis is caused by a viral infection, physicians might prescribe antibiotics to speed up healing.
Make an Appointment
Most of the time, laryngitis is treated with home remedy, but medication can also help the healing process. Contact Dr. Bickert at 972-691-0368 if you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment.