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I have had laryngitis and minor symptoms for a day and a…

I have had laryngitis...

I have had laryngitis and minor symptoms for a day and a half what can I do for myself at home?

Doctor's Assistant: Have you seen a doctor about this yet? What medications are you taking?

Happened at work yesterday afternoon, lost voice in the evening almost completely

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9/24/2017
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are you having a fever or cough as well?

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
I'm a little warm but no temperature. It is 80 degrees so lol. No cough really

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 honey
cough drops/throat lozenges
if 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)

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
No nasal congestion. Just tired and tiny bit of throat uneasy

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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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
Should I see family doctor tomorrow?
Customer reply replied 9 months ago
I literally barely can talk and I go back to work on Tuesday

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.

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
Any over the counter would assist in faster recovery?
Customer reply replied 9 months ago
Right now I'm taking Theraflu severe cold and cough day and night...and halls

Not specifically, but throat lozenges and the tylenol or ibuprofen can help with pain and discomfort.

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
basically gargle and teas for throat?
Customer reply replied 9 months ago
I read it's bad to clear your throat now, is that true?

yes, also important to:

Stay well hydrated
Use a humidifier to help with the vocal cords
Ginger 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.

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
I don't have ginger or humidifier. Drink more waters or like coke/sprite?

would recommend water (or tea) instead of sodas.

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
Making tea now actually. Any other helpful home remedies?

Steam (running the shower) has always been most helpful for myself.

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
like sweat it out method
Customer reply replied 9 months ago
Eat liquids?

actually the steam helps keep the throat and vocal cords moist, so more of a "Keep it wet" method, if that makes sense.

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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

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
That makes sense
Customer reply replied 9 months ago
Any last tricks of the medical trade?

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.

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
Thank you for your time John

Oh, and avoid decongestants like Sudafed, since they may dry you out too much.

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
I appreciate your knowledge

thanks! and hope you're feeling better soon!

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