If your voice box gets inflamed, it’s most probably to be laryngitis.
The larynx, which is often described to be where the mouth meets the trachea, is a cartilage that lines the inside of the breathing tube. Attached to this muscle lining are our vocal cords, protected by mucous membranes.
Inflammation of the larynx can cause hoarseness in our voices or a temporary loss of sound. To some people, this may happen often. To some, they may never have experienced it yet.
To everyone’s benefit, let me list down five facts your mom did not tell you about laryngitis.
There are two types of laryngitis. Any episode less than three weeks is considered acute; anything more than 21 days is chronic.
2. Infectious or not?
Laryngitis caused by an acid reflux disease, allergies, excessive coughing, smoking, or alcohol intake, vocal cord overuse, or extended exposure to inhaled corticosteroids for the treatment of asthma are non-contagious.
Meanwhile, contagious forms of laryngitis include viral, bacterial and fungal types, which may cause or trigger either viral or bacterial pneumonia.
Croup is what we often call the inflammation of the larynx in children, which is often triggered by infection and may cause breathing difficulties to the kids. Croup is usually either viral or bacterial.
In medical terminologies, dysphonia refers to a hoarse voice, and in general, any vocal disease. A speech disorder may cause laryngitis or vice versa.
5. Vocal Hygiene
This habit has nothing to do with brushing your teeth twice a day. That’s oral hygiene. It’s needed, too.
However, to reduce the frequency of having laryngitis and to sound healthy at all times, we can try to implement vocal hygiene.
• Quit or minimize smoking.
• Avoid clearing your throat too often.
• Keep yourself hydrated.
• Rest your voice from time to time, especially in cases of laryngitis.
These are the five things people won’t tell you about laryngitis unless you ask for it or do some research.