How can I help prevent laryngitis?

Washing your hands often and drinking plenty of fluids may help you avoid catching a cold or flu, which is often the underlying cause of laryngitis. If your doctor recommends it, get a flu shot. Chronic laryngitis, where it lasts for more than two weeks, can be avoided by staying away from things that irritate your throat. Steer clear of smoking, heavy drinking, and harsh chemicals. In addition, preserving your vocal chords by refraining from clearing your throat or straining it through singing or yelling should also help.

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Laryngitis is an inflammation of your larynx (or voice box) that results in symptoms ranging from a tickling in your throat to a complete loss of your voice. Acute laryngitis is temporary and lasts from a few days to a few weeks. ...

It can be caused by infections or vocal strain. Chronic laryngitis lasts for more than three weeks and is usually caused by inhaled smoke, chemicals, a side effect of acid reflux or sinus infection. You can usually treat your own acute laryngitis by drinking plenty of fluids and giving your voice some rest.

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