Infectious laryngitis is a common illness that is almost always caused by a virus, but can also develop from bacterial respiratory infections. Viral laryngitis is usually a mild illness. The development of severe hoarseness and airway obstruction with respiratory distress, inspiratory stridor and air hunger is unusual.

The primary symptom of laryngitis is a lowered vocal pitch, hoarseness, or even the complete loss of voice. Because the cause of laryngitis is typically viral, antibiotics are typically of no use. If the hoarseness continues beyond 2 weeks, you should see a doctor to rule out other causes.

Don’t talk if you don’t need to, and use a quiet voice if you must. Carrying and using a notepad and pen for writing notes will allow you to experience further rest, and act as a good reminder to talk as little as possible.


Signs, symptoms & indicators of Laryngitis

Symptoms - Metabolic  

Having a slight/having a moderate/having a high fever

Conditions that suggest Laryngitis

Symptoms - Respiratory  

Absence of laryngitis

Risk factors for Laryngitis

Symptoms - Respiratory  

History of laryngitis

Recommendations for Laryngitis


Frankincense (Boswellia carteri)

Breathing the vapors or swallowing small amounts may help restore your voice when it has been lost due to overuse.


Fibrinolytic Enzymes

See the link between Sinusitis and Fibrinolytic Enzymes.


Cell Salt, Ferr Phos

Ferrum Phos 6X works for loss of voice due either to overstraining or simple inflammation, but should be taken as soon as you notice the slightest hoarseness.


Homeopathic Remedies / Vaccines

Please see the link between Laryngitis and Cell Salt, Ferrum Phos.

Physical Medicine  


Gargle with warm salt water (1/4 teaspoon of salt in 1/2 cup of water).



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Likely to help
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Any of a vast group of minute structures composed of a protein coat and a core of DNA and/or RNA that reproduces in the cells of the infected host. Capable of infecting all animals and plants, causing devastating disease in immunocompromised individuals. Viruses are not affected by antibiotics, and are completely dependent upon the cells of the infected host for the ability to reproduce.

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