Cat got your tongue? Frog in your throat? All kidding aside, if you’ve got a scratchy or hushed voice right now, you’re not the only one. Centra Care docs have been hearing lots of complaining of Laryngitis.
In fact, Lee Road Centra Care saw a 400% increase in the number of patients being seen for the condition.
Additional areas that reported an increase include:
Azalea Park up 200%
Colonial Town up 200%
Sand Lake up 200%
Laryngitis is swelling and irritation of the voice box (larynx) that is usually associated with hoarseness or voice loss. The larynx is located at the top of the airway to the lungs and contains the vocal cords. When the vocal cords become inflamed or infected, they swell, causing hoarseness and possibly blocking the airway.
The most common form of Laryngitis is an infection caused by a virus, such as cold or flu viruses. It may also be caused by:
• Bacterial infection
• Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
• Irritants and chemicals
• Swollen glands in the neck
Signs and tests
A physical examination can determine whether hoarseness is caused by a respiratory tract infection. Patients with hoarseness that lasts for more than a month (especially smokers) will need to see an Ear, Nose, and Throat specialist for tests of the throat and upper airway.
Since Laryngitis is most commonly caused by a virus, antibiotics may not help. Your health care provider can make this decision. Resting your voice will help to reduce the inflammation of the vocal cords. A humidifier may soothe the scratchy feeling that comes with Laryngitis. Decongestants and painkillers may relieve the symptoms of an upper respiratory infection
SOURCE: National Institutes of Health