Laryngitis: Symptom and Causes


  • Dysphonia (hoarseness) or aphonia (inability to speak)
  • Dry, sore, burning throat                                              
  • Coughing
  • Dysphagia (difficulty in swallowing)
  • Sensation of swelling in the area of the larynx
  • Swollen lymph nodes in the throat, chest, or face
  • Fever
  • Hemoptysis (coughing out blood)
  • Dyspnea (difficulty in breathing)
  • Increased production of saliva


Noninfectious causes
  • Acid reflux
  • Allergies
  • Excessive coughing, smoking, or alcohol consumption
  • Inflammation due to overuse of the vocal cords
  • Laryngeal trauma
Infectious causes
  • Certain viruses or bacteria can infect the larynx and cause it to swell. Usually, the virus comes from another illness, such as a cold, the flu, or bronchitis.

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