What Is Laryngitis and What Causes It?

Q:
What is laryngitis and what ca laryngitisuses it?

A:
You open your mouth to talk, and all that comes out is a whisper or squeak. You’ve got laryngitis, an inflammation of your voice box (larynx) from overuse, irritation or infection.

Though it’s usually virus-related, there are also ongoing illness brought on by smoking and alcohol abuse or acid reflux. Other causes include:

  • Allergies
  • Bacterial infection
  • Fungal infection, such as thrush
  • Injury, such as a hit to the throat
  • Inhalation of chemical fumes
  • Sinus disease
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