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Laryngitis refers to any inflammation or irritation of the larynx or voice box. This inflammation is caused by the engorgement of blood vessels and the laryngeal lining, resulting in a raspy, hoarse voice and throat pain when speaking or swallowing. Laryngitis is typically a temporary condition, but overuse of the inflamed larynx may cause permanent damage.

Causes of laryngitis can include:

  • Viral or bacterial respiratory infection
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Respiratory irritants such as cigarette smoke
  • Vocal polyps
  • Vocal nodules caused by overuse
  • Allergies
  • Tumors
  • Underactive thyroid disease
  • Trauma to the larynx

Aided by your thoughtful donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation, physicians at Northwestern Medicine will be able to continue to provide exceptional care to patients affected by laryngitis.

Individuals may reduce their chances of developing laryngitis by:

  • Receiving a flu vaccine
  • Avoiding close contact with people who have respiratory infections
  • Avoiding respiratory irritants, especially when sick
  • Not drinking over the recommended alcohol limit
  • Avoiding frequent clearing of the threat
  • Raising the head with pillows when sleeping to prevent acid reflux
  • Avoiding yelling or singing for long periods of time

Laryngitis Research, Patient Care and Education Donation

Your generous donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation will provide significant support to Northwestern Medicine’s physicians who are dedicated to diagnosing and treating laryngitis. Through your support, you will make a positive difference in the lives of many people.

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