What Is Laryngitis?
Laryngitis is an inflammation of the larynx (also known as the “voice box”). Generally, this causes your voice to sound hoarse or raspy for a short-term or long-term period. Sometimes, it causes a total loss of the voice. Other possible symptoms include soreness or dryness of the throat or a dry cough. Most people find it lasts no longer than 2 weeks.
When laryngitis lasts for longer than 2 weeks, it is considered chronic. If this is the case, you should definitely consult a doctor as it could be caused by more severe issues.
What Causes Laryngitis?
The larynx inflammation is generally caused by overuse (e.g. vocal strain), irritation or infection (e.g. a virus). The vocal cords inside the larynx become inflamed or irritated, and when they swell they distort the sounds produced by passing air over them.
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