Laryngitis involves inflammation and swelling of the larynx. In most cases, the condition is caused by common viruses, certain infections or using the voice excessively.
What are the possible causes?
If laryngitis is due to a bacterial or viral infection, it is likely that the specific bacteria or virus can be contagious. Nevertheless, if the condition is due to laryngeal cancer or overusing the voice, it is not transmissible.
Indications of laryngitis
The usual indications of laryngitis include the following:
- Hoarseness of the voice
- A tickling sensation in the throat
- Urge to continuously clear the throat
Oftentimes, laryngitis might occur several days after a sore throat. Even if the infection already resolved, the condition might remain for a few weeks.
When to seek medical care
Oftentimes, laryngitis might be more serious and might be an indication of laryngeal cancer. Various symptoms can urge the individual to consult a doctor such as:
- Coughing up blood
- High fever accompanied by a sore throat
- Coughing up yellowish or greenish phlegm
- Inability to drink fluids
- Weight loss
- History of throat or breathing issues
- Throat pain or discomfort
- Associated swelling in the neck
- Symptoms that last for 2-3 weeks even if the voice was given time to rest