Laryngitis refers to a condition when the voice box or larynx of an individual becomes inflamed. The inflammation is typically caused by a viral infection and for most people, symptoms usually last for a week.
Laryngitis is contagious when triggered by an infection or may be brought on by other factors such as gastroesophageal reflux disease, air pollution., smoking or even frequent alcohol use. If symptoms of the condition last for more than three weeks, an appointment with a doctor is recommended.
Some of the symptoms to watch out for include the following.
1. Throat pain
The most common symptom of laryngitis is experiencing pain in the throat. The pain can be very severe for some people and worsened when swallowing. People who exhibit this symptom usually find it very hard to eat and drink because of the associated discomfort and may even feel pain that extends in or behind the ear.
For the most part, throat pain may be treated by resting the throat or gargling with warm salt water.