Laryngitis is inflammation of the larynx – your “voice box.” If you have laryngitis, you have lost your voice. It can result from a viral or a bacterial infection. Laryngitis may also occur during bronchitis, influenza, measles, pneumonia, and whooping cough, or because of overuse of the voice or exposure to allergies. The infection or irritation causes the vocal cords to swell, resulting in hoarseness and loss of voice.
Home remedies include inhaling steam, drinking hot tea with lemon and honey, sipping warm brandy and gargling with warm salt water. The best remedy, however, is resting your voice. Avoid trying to clear your throat. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Also, refrain from smoking or being around second-hand smoke.
Laryngitis can last for a few hours or a few days. If you have persistent laryngitis, see your doctor as this can be an indication of a more serious condition.