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Coughing & Sore Throat? 6 Signs You Should See Your ENT SpecialistSore throat and coughing? We are still in the middle of the nasty cold and flu season, but sometimes your winter weather cough is more severe than you think...like laryngitis.



Here are some signs you may have laryngitis and should make an appointment to see your doctor.

1. Hoarseness
2. Coughing
3. Difficulty Swallowing Companied with Pain in Your Throat
4. Shortness of Breath
5. Small traces of blood in your saliva






Primary Causes:
Cold or Flu Viruses are the most common.
Acid Reflux *Most common cause of chronic laryngitis
Vocal Strain *Caused by overusing your voice or not using your voice properly
Allergies
Inflammation caused by smoking or inhaled steroid medicines (primarily used to treat asthma).

Laryngitis Symptoms and Treatment

Symptoms

Hoarseness or a raspy sounding voice
Voice is deeper than normal
Voice easily breaks
Swollen glands
Fever
Loss of voice completely
Dry or sore throat
Coughing or difficulty swallowing

Treatment

Antibiotics are rarely used to treat laryngitis because most cases of laryngitis are caused by a virus. Consult your doctor if you think you have laryngitis, as each case may require a different treatment. The following are effective ways to curb the symptoms of laryngitis and help you on your road to recovery:

-Rest your voice
-Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate. *preferably with warm liquids, water, or beverages with soothing ingredients such as honey, lemon, or ginger.

-Avoid whispering when you do speak-this actually causes more strain on your vocals
-Donít smoking and alcohol
-Resist the urge to clear your throat
-Use a humidifier

-Suck on lozenges throughout the day to keep your throat moist (recommended in lemon or honey flavor)


-Gargle several times a day with Ĺ tsp. of salt in a glass of warm water.

Salt water will help to decrease inflammation in your throat and prevent the urge to clear your throat or cough, causing further irritation and damage caused by viral laryngitis.
Medications


Consult your physician, who will determine if medication is required to treat your laryngitis.

Antibiotics ó Most commonly prescribed for laryngitis resulting from a bacterial infection

If you are concerned about any of your symptoms, visit us at the Colorado Voice Clinic http://ColoradoVoiceClinic.com/
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