Laryngitis. Outside weather is prone to colds and sore throats. However, if your neck hurts and you simply cannot make any sound, you may have laryngitis, a condition that most often accompanies a severe cold or flu.
The disease has a sudden onset and manifests itself through hoarseness, embarrassment at swallowing and sore throats. Sometimes it is accompanied by cough, fever and a general tiredness.
Your ENT doctors claim that laryngitis is caused by inflammation, irritation or even excessive use of the vocal cords that belong to the larynx. This can be felt as a result of a respiratory infection, but it may also be a result of sinusitis or certain allergies. Exposure to dust, cigarette smoke or other harmful substances may cause irritation of the larynx. Specifically, the main factors favoring the appearance of laryngitis are: sudden variations in temperature, inhalation of polluted air, alcohol consumption, smoking, gastroesophageal reflux. The causes that trigger laryngitis are either infectious – viruses, bacteria – or allergic.
The diagnosis is made only by the specialist ENT doctor based on the clinical picture. Sometimes, the doctor also recommends laryngeal endoscopy – a simple investigation with which to see the larynx.
Vocal rest essential for healing
Regardless of the cause that caused laryngitis, vocal rest is essential for healing. The treatment will be prescribed by the specialist doctor and may consist of anti-inflammatories. If you are a smoker it is best to give up this addiction at least during the illness. Although most often laryngitis heals within a few days, there are still cases that can get complicated. Thus, if the infection is not treated in time and especially correctly, the disease may develop laryngeal-tracheo-bronchitis, otitis, sinusitis, bronchopneumonia. Therefore, it is advisable to see a doctor to establish an appropriate treatment that will lead to the safe healing of laryngitis.
There are also natural remedies that can help you to relieve your symptoms. Here's what you can do:
- Use propolis and chew honeycomb. These can have beneficial effects on the larynx.
- Gargoyle with arnica tea or salt water can help.
- Mix a teaspoon of honey with lemon juice and then drink the mixture.
- In the morning you can make inhalations with chamomile, aniseed, peppermint or rosemary steam, lavender or peppermint, fir, lavender. Put a few drops in hot water and inhale.
- Drink as many teas as possible. Recommended are those of arnica, candle, fennel, seagrass, mackerel, thyme.
- Carrot juice, parsley and celery have a beneficial effect in case of aphonia or loss of voice.
- The seabass syrup but also the infusion can help. They have emollient properties and soothe laryngitis symptoms.
Eliminates gaseous drinks that will further irritate the neck
When you are sick, you have to be careful what you eat. Thus, doctors recommend that the diet be light, consisting of soups, pears and juices of fresh fruits and vegetables. Make sure the food has a proper temperature, as too hot or too cold foods can further inflame the larynx. Alcohol and carbonated beverages cause irritation to the pharynx, so you should avoid them during the illness.