What to Expect During Treatment for Laryngitis
Laryngitis can be a very uncomfortable condition. If it does not clear up within a week or progressively gets worse, the risk factors could go up significantly. For those whose livelihood requires the extensive use of their vocal cords, this could become a scary proposition.
If the symptoms persist or shows deterioration, your only course of action is to see your doctor. He or she will give you a professional opinion and recommendations for proper treatment.
Preparing for your Doctor’s Appointment
For your doctor to give you an accurate diagnosis, you must be able to provide complete and detailed information.
Before your doctor’s appointment, you should run through the following checklist:
- Find Out if There are Restrictions – You are not aware if there are things you cannot do or food, drinks you should not consume before treatment.
When you call up your doctor’s clinic, find out if there are any pre-appointment restrictions you should be aware of.
Of course the doctor will not know the type of treatment until he or she examines you but you can be given general guidelines.
- Make a Summary of Your Experiences – When a doctor makes a diagnosis, he or she wants to make sure all bases are covered.
Write down a list of all activities, events and incidents that you were involved in before you acquired Laryngitis. You have to be honest and spare no details.
Even if the event can put you in an embarrassing position, withholding valuable information will make your situation worse. Besides, doctors are true professionals and subscribe to patient confidentiality.
- Write Down All Your Medications – Doctors would want to know if you have been taking medication or using treatment that is either ineffective or aggravating to your condition.
- Bring a Family Member or Friend – It is possible you may have missed valuable information regarding family history or lifestyle.
You should also be ready with your own set of questions to ask the doctor. Here is a sample list you can use as reference:
- What are the likely causes of my condition?
- Are there other possible causes?
- What are my worst case scenarios?
- What sort of tests will you conduct on me?
- How long will this condition last?
- What would be the best treatment option?
- Are there affordable options that would likewise be effective?
- Are there alternatives I can consider?
- Will my other health conditions affect treatment?
- Is my condition contagious?
- Are there restrictions I should know about?
- Do you have reference materials I can use to learn more about my condition?
Do not be afraid to ask your doctor questions. In an appointment, every question is important. The doctor understands he or she is the expert and you are rightfully concerned about your own health.
Your doctor will also run you through his or her own set of questions. Some of these questions may include the following:
- When did the symptoms start?
- Prior to the start of the symptoms, what were you doing or largely involved with?
- Is this a recurring condition?
- Does your job require you to use your voice a lot?
- Do you raise your voice often?
- Is there anything that seems to improve your condition?
- Is there anything that makes your condition worse?
- Do you smoke?
- Do you drink alcohol?
- Are you promiscuous and engage in adventurous sexual activity?
- Have you had recent allergies?
- Do you feel discomfort when you swallow?
The doctor will spare no questions. Do not feel offended if the line of questioning becomes personal or intrusive. The doctor’s job is to be as thorough as possible so he or she can eliminate unlikely possibilities.
Tests and Diagnosis of Laryngitis
There are 2 types of tests that a doctor could run on you to arrive at a diagnosis of your Laryngitis:
- Laryngoscopy – A doctor may examine your vocal cords by using a light source attached with a tiny mirror at the back. Or he or she could use fiber-optic technology.
This involves inserting a flexible tube with a camera and tiny flashlight through your nose so the doctor can examine your vocal cords more closely as you speak.
- Biopsy – Should the doctor find a suspicious growth, he or she would take a tissue sample for testing under a microscope.
The results of the tests will be the bases for the doctor’s diagnosis. It is possible the testing will not end here. The doctor may ask you to visit a specialist for a second opinion.
No one wants to see a doctor. But they are the only ones who can find the answers to all your questions and solutions to your problems. If your condition becomes worse, overcome your fears and trust your health in the hands of a real professional.