The doctor will ask about your symptoms and health history. A physical exam will be done.
The cause of the symptoms may not be clear. In this case, you may be referred to an ear, nose, and throat doctor. This doctor may use an instrument called a
to check the vocal cords. Other tests may check voice function.
If test results are unclear, you may be referred to other specialists.
Treatment depends on the cause. Laryngitis may be eased with:
Home care, such as:
Resting the voice and drinking plenty of fluids
Using a cool mist humidifier
Medicine, such as over-the-counter pain relievers
Depending on the cause, other treatments may be:
Voice therapy—if the condition is due to voice overuse or vocal nodules
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Hartnick C, Ballif C, et al. Indirect vs direct voice therapy for children with vocal nodules: a randomized clinical trial. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2018;144(2):156-163.
Laryngitis. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://www.dynamed.com/condition/laryngitis Accessed March 29, 2021.
Vocal cord disorders. The Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide website. Available at: https://www.health.harvard.edu/diseases-and-conditions/vocal-cord-disorders. Accessed March 29, 2021.
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