Laryngitis Treatment in Orange County, CA
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 patients at our offices in Long Beach, Los Alamitos, Newport Beach, and Huntington Beach, CA. Our ENT specialists are all board-certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and have extensive experience treating laryngitis. For an appointment, call the Southern California ENT office nearest you, or request an appointment online.
What Causes Laryngitis?
Laryngitis is usually a side effect of another illness, such as:
- Cold or flu
- Acid reflux
- Allergies or irritants
In other cases, laryngitis is brought on by environmental factors, like overuse of your voice and improper singing techniques.
How Is Laryngitis Diagnosed?
Initially you may go to your primary care physician who will give you a physical exam to feel you neck. Your ENT specialist 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
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 ENT 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.
Schedule a Laryngitis Consultation
If you have any questions about laryngitis, please call the Southern California Ear, Nose, & Throat office nearest you, or request an appointment through our secure online form. Our throat specialists have extensive experience treating laryngitis and are all board-certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology. We have offices in Long Beach, Los Alamitos, Newport Beach, and Huntington Beach.