Is laryngitis a type of viral throat infection?

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Laryngitis is inflammation of the larynx, the passageway for air to the lungs, including the voice box. It may be caused by a viral throat infection and rarely a bacterial infection, but may also be caused by strain or irritation of the vocal cords, from overuse of the voice or inhalation of irritating substances. Laryngitis may be chronic or acute. The most common cause of acute laryngitis is a short-lived viral upper respiratory infection.

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Viral Throat Infections

Viral Throat Infections

Aside from strep throat, most sore throats caused by are contagious, viral throat infections that cannot be treated with antibiotics. The most common culprits of a viral throat infection include coxsackievirus, mononucleosis, and ...

the flu. Mononucleosis (mono) is a virus that causes symptoms that can last for weeks or months at a time. Viral throat infections are best treated with rest, liquids and other home remedies. If the sore throat causes you to have trouble breathing or a high fever, or results in spots in the back of your throat, call your doctor.
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