Laryngitis causes swelling of the throat

What is Laryngitis?

Laryngitis is inflammation of the throat.

It is commonly caused by viruses eg.common cold and flu.

Other causes include allergies and acid from the stomach.


The main symptoms are :

  • hoarse voice
  • sore throat
  • cough


Laryngitis usually settles on its own within a few days.

However, if the symptoms are troublesome, simple painkillers such as paracetamol and ibuprofen are effective.

It is sensible to speak as little as possible. It is also important to drink plenty of water.

In rare situations antibiotics may be required and even hospitalisation if the breathing or swallowing becomes more difficult.

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