Laryngitis Causes and Treatment in Southern California

Laryngitis is when the voice box, or larynx, becomes inflamed. This causes your voice to be raspy and hoarse. Most of the time, it doesn’t last more than two weeks. However, in some cases laryngitis can last longer than two weeks, in which case it’s considered to be chronic. Southern California Ear, Nose, & Throat provides comprehensive treatment and diagnosis of Laryngitis to Long Beach, Los Alamitos, Torrance, Newport Beach, and Huntington Beach, CA. For an appointment, call us today at (562) 427-0550 or request an appointment online.

Causes of Laryngitis

Laryngitis is usually a side effect of another illness, such as:

In other cases, laryngitis is brought on by environmental factors, like overuse of your voice and improper singing techniques.

Diagnosis of Laryngitis

Initially you may go to your primary care physician who will give you a physical exam to feel you neck. Your doctor will check for lumps or tenderness and check your nose, mouth and throat.

If the symptoms are bad enough or have been going on longer than two weeks, you may be referred to an otolaryngologist at Southern California Ear, Nose, & Throat. They will do a more in-depth exam that will look closely at your vocal cords to see what they look like.

Treatment for Laryngitis in Los Alamitos, CA

For most patients, home remedy is the common treatment for laryngitis and you larynx will heal over time. Some remedies include:

  • Resting your vocal cords
  • Drinking plenty of liquid (while avoiding alcohol and caffeine)
  • Use a humidifier to breathe moist air
  • Moisten your throat by eating lozenges, gargling salt water or chewing gum
  • Avoid clearing your throat

If your physician at Southern California Ear, Nose, & Throat thinks symptoms are worse or you have chronic laryngitis, they may prescribe medication to treat it. This is usually the case if GERD, or acid reflux, is the cause of your laryngitis.

If you have any questions about laryngitis, please call Southern California Ear, Nose, & Throat at (562) 427-0550.

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To our patients and families,

We at Southern California Ear Nose & Throat hope you all are staying healthy and safe during this COVID-19 pandemic.  As your physicians, your health and safety are our primary concerns, and we encourage everyone’s compliance with relevant instructions from our government and physician leaders.

We are happy to report that we are in compliance with state and federal regulations and recommendations at this point in time to protect both you and our staff. We are not scheduling routine elective surgeries at this time; however, if there is a surgery that is necessary, we are available 24/7 as usual, and the surgery will be performed.

At our offices, we are scheduling routine patients at intervals such that those patients who wish to, may remain in their vehicles until it is time to be placed in an exam room.  Rooms will be treated between each patient with disinfectant. We will be taking temperatures of patients who want to be seen in the office, and screening questions will be asked.

Along with our continuing to see patients in our office, we are available by teleconference. While not every visit can be done via telemedicine, we will make every attempt to accommodate those who desire a telemedicine visit. It may well be that you are not sure if an in office visit is necessary; some visits are (like a child born with tongue tie who has feeding difficulty), while many visits can be postponed (like a routine check on ear tubes).  If you have any questions, please call the office so that we may guide you.

As usual, please do not hesitate to contact the office for refills and prescriptions as necessary.

As many of you may have heard, there is new data to suggest that the initial symptoms of COVID-19 may be a loss of taste and smell. In the event that you develop loss of taste or smell, please contact the office of your primary healthcare provider if you have these symptoms, as they are more able to determine if COVID-19 testing is appropriate. We will be available by teleconference to assist your primary healthcare provider should the need arise.  

In terms of audiology, Hearing aid fittings and adjustments will continue to be done. A separate entrance to the office in Long Beach will be used for these patients, and some patients may be seen at out Los Alamitos office so as to separate them in time and space from other patients, maintaining social distancing to the best of our abilities.

In general, we urge all our patients to get as much sleep as necessary and drink plenty of fluids. It is important to wash your hands with regular soap and water Try not to touch your nose and mouth.

If you are able, please consider blood donation at your nearest hospital as there is a national shortage!

We must all work together during these stressful times! 

Sincerely

SCENT

Nina Yoshpe MD, Ayal Willner MD, Namrata Varma DO, Christy Beranek PA, Garrett Sherman NP, Susan Eckhardt AuD