Well the Laryngitis is not so dangerous for people who are not singers.....But this condition could result (if not treated well) to more serious damage....I had it once..and it was in the middle of a period when my band and me played the most...
I did not want to admit that I have a problem...but I could not sing more than a 3 or 4 songs before my voice collapsed....
that is bad....doctor sad if I d continue that way a could loose my voice for ever(not talk,but singing)....
* viral infection
* bacterial or fungal infection
* inflammation due to overuse of the vocal cords
* excessive coughing
* excessive alcohol consumption
Symptoms of laryngitis vary, depending on the severity and also the cause. The most common, and obvious, symptom is impaired speech, ranging from a raspy hoarseness to the total loss of ability to speak, except at a whisper. Other symptoms can include:
* Dry, sore throat
* Coughing, which can be a symptom of, or a factor in causing laryngitis;
* Difficulty swallowing;
* Sensation of swelling in the area of the larynx;
* Cold or flu-like symptoms (which, like a cough, may also be the causing factor for laryngitis;)
* Swollen lymph glands in the throat, chest, or face;
In most instances, the symptoms accompanying laryngitis are more directly linked to the causative factor, such as infection. In cases caused by overuse of the voice, symptoms other than vocal impairment may be absent.
Correct treatment depends on a correct diagnosis of the underlying cause of laryngitis. The most prevalent cause of a missed diagnosis of laryngeal cancer is a belief that persistent hoarseness is due to laryngitis. Should hoarseness last for more than 3 weeks, one should consult an otorhinolaryngologist (ear, nose, and throat physician) for an examination including direct visualization of the vocal cords. This examination may also detect the presence of vocal cord nodules, a structural change resulting in persistent hoarseness or loss of voice.
If laryngitis is due to a viral cause:
* Ibuprofen and aspirin may help alleviate fever and some of the discomfort associated with laryngitis. Aspirin should not be given to children to avoid Reye's syndrome.
* Patients are advised to avoid speaking when possible. They are instructed to speak softly, but to avoid whispering, which further strains the voice.
* Nasal breathing is very important so as not to dry the throat.
* Throat clearing is very bad. The act of clearing one's throat is very stressful and may aggravate the laryngitis.
* Humidifiers and warm showers can also help alleviate some symptoms.
* Airborne irritants such as smoke and allergens may exacerbate the condition.
* Gargling with a salt water rinse is suggested. Mouth rinses containing alcohol can dry the throat and may exacerbate a viral case of laryngitis (however, these can be helpful when the cause of the infection is bacterial).
* A tea of ginger may help reduce swelling of the vocal cords and relieve symptoms.
* Steroid medications may be prescribed to help accelerate the healing of the inflammation present.