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What causes laryngitis?

Most short-lived cases of laryngitis are caused by a virus or vocal strain. Singers, for example, can be more at risk for developing laryngitis because of the constant strain they place on their voice. In some rare cases, a bacterial infection can be the cause. Chronic cases (lasting longer than three weeks) are usually caused by a build-up of irritants. For example, smoking, allergies, sinus problems, heavy drinking, or acid reflux could be to blame. Occasionally, a bacterial, fungal, or parasitic infection could be the cause for longer-lasting cases.

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