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are you having a fever or cough as well?
ok, so most likely a viral infection.Home treatments for laryngitis include:
tylenol and/or ibuprofen if there is pain or mild fever.salt-water gargles or warm tea with honeycough drops/throat lozengesif there is a lot of nasal congestion, you can try an over-the-counter nasal spray like Afrin for 2 days (longer than three days and you may develop a rebound effect with an increase in congestion)
Ok, you don't need to do the nasal sprays then.However, if the symptoms are not better in a week, make an appointment to see your doctor for an examination.
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you don't need to see the doctor tomorrow if your symptoms are mild since its most likely a virus and will pass. However if still not better by the end of the week, then I would make an appointment.
Not specifically, but throat lozenges and the tylenol or ibuprofen can help with pain and discomfort.
yes, also important to:Stay well hydratedUse a humidifier to help with the vocal cordsGinger root works for some people, but others don't like the bitter taste.And of course, no smoking if you are a smoker and no alcohol since that can dehydrate you a little.
would recommend water (or tea) instead of sodas.
Steam (running the shower) has always been most helpful for myself.
actually the steam helps keep the throat and vocal cords moist, so more of a "Keep it wet" method, if that makes sense.
You can also use a humidifier if you have one as well since that will add more moisture to the air that you are breathing
Licorice (not the candy) can also help, but can also interact with some medications.If there is more congestion, then an OTC medication like Mucinex can also help with secretions.
Oh, and avoid decongestants like Sudafed, since they may dry you out too much.
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thanks! and hope you're feeling better soon!