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Honor Society of Nursing (STTI) answeredTreatment options depend on the cause of the laryngitis. If it is caused by a virus, it will often go away on its own. In the rare cases it is caused by a bacterial infection, antibiotics will be needed. If the laryngitis is chronic, treatment will focus on getting rid of the factors causing it, like stopping smoking. In some cases, corticosteroids may be prescribed to reduce swelling. Home remedies can sometimes help to relieve discomfort.
Most often, laryngitis is caused by an upper respiratory infection, such as a cold. Home treatment measures similar to those used for a cold, such as resting your voice and drinking fluids, are usually all that is needed. Laryngitis caused by overuse also will go away with voice rest and other home treatment measures. But if the problem doesn't go away or keeps coming back, voice training may be needed.
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a common cause of laryngitis. Home treatment measures to help decrease the amount of stomach acid produced may help manage the problem. Over-the-counter or prescription medicines may also be needed. If GERD is not treated and it becomes a chronic condition, it could cause long-term hoarseness and sores (ulcers) on the larynx.
Other conditions with symptoms similar to laryngitis will require treatment according to the specific problem.
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Tasneem Bhatia, MD, Integrative Medicine, answered
An effective way to treat laryngitis is to use a combination of natural remedies, says integrative medicine specialist Dr. Tasneem Bhatia. To find out what they are, watch this video.