Inflammation of the larynx (voice box) is known as laryngitis or a “sore throat”.
Laryngitis is usually caused by infection, often a viral infection, and results in hoarseness. It’s more common in smokers and drinkers.
Symptoms of Laryngitis
The symptoms of laryngitis usually develop over 12-24 hours and vary depending on the underlying cause. Symptoms may include:
- gradual loss of the voice
- pain in the throat, especially when using the voice.
Sometimes laryngitis is associated with vocal cord nodules due to overuse or misuse.
Measures of Laryngitis
When vocal cords are inflamed they need rest. For both forms of laryngitis, resting your voice can help relieve pain and avoid further damage to the vocal cords. Acute laryngitis that’s caused by a viral infection usually clears up without treatment. There’s no specific treatment for chronic laryngitis.
Sudden hoarseness in middle or older age must always be investigated by your doctor as it may indicate cancer or an underlying lung disease.