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Antibiotics for Laryngitis

Antibiotics for Laryngitis

Laryngitis, also called laryngeal inflammation, is an inflammation of the larynx in your throat due to any infection, inflammation or even over-use.

The larynx is located at the point where your mouth meets your throat, and it contains your vocal cords. These are folds of membrane containing muscle and cartilage.

In normal situations, your vocal chords open and close smoothly as you speak.

But with laryngitis, the vocal cords get inflamed and this in turn, distorts your voice. So, if your voice is hoarse, or it is painful to speak it is time to seek treatment for this condition.

Read on to learn more about laryngitis and when and how to get an antibiotic prescription.
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Who is at risk for Laryngitis?

Men and women of any age, including children can develop laryngitis. But specifically, those who are suffering from respiratory infection such as cold, bronchitis or sinusitis are at a higher risk for laryngitis.

Also, people who are exposed to irritating substances such as cigarette smoke, excess alcohol, stomach acid, asbestos or any other chemicals have a higher chance of inflaming their larynx.

Sometimes, overusing your voice such as speaking or singing too much can also cause vocal cords to become inflamed.

Laryngitis symptoms

Some of the common symptoms for laryngitis are:

  • hoarse voice
  • sore throat
  • voice loss
  • a feeling of rawness in your throat
  • dry cough
  • dry throat
  • tickling sensation in your throat

You should seek medical attention right away if you have: trouble breathing, cough up blood, experience a severe increase in pain, have trouble swallowing and a fever.

Also, you should talk to a doctor if you have laryngitis for more than two weeks as it could signal something more serious than inflammation or infection.

Diagnosis and treatment

Since voice hoarseness is one of the major symptoms of laryngitis, it is also often the first step for diagnosis. Your doctor will start by listening to your voice to get an idea of the extent of infection.

Then, he or she will begin to do a systematic evaluation of your larynx, this process is called laryngoscopy.

He or she will use a tiny mirror and light to examine the back of your throat. Sometimes, your doctor may choose to use fiber-optic laryngoscopy which involves inserting an endoscope (thin and flexible tube) through your nose and mouth into the back of your throat. With this in place, the doctor can examine the vocal chords movement while you speak.

In most cases, laryngitis gets better by itself. Some self-care treatments can make you feel better.

However, if your doctor finds the laryngitis is due to a bacterial infection, they may prescribe you antibiotics.

In some rare cases, corticosteroids are used to treat laryngitis. However, it is used only when there's an immediate need to treat this condition, like for example, you have to sing or give a speech within the next couple of days.

How Plushcare works

You can video chat with a Plushcare doctor today, so he or she can get an idea of the extent of your infection. Based on the appointment, your doctor will recommend an antibiotic or self-care treatments that you can do at home. If antibiotics are prescribed, you can pick them up from your local pharmacy.

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Mark Spera

Mark Spera

Mark grew up in a family of healthcare providers and has always been fascinated by preventative medicine, infectious diseases and the intersection of big data and healthcare.

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