Acute Laryngitis

Acute laryngitis is an infection that causes swelling (edema) of the vocal cords. This results in the patient having a weak or hoarse voice. Acute laryngitis can be caused by a viral infection. Other times it is caused by stress or overuse of the vocal cords—a common occurrence for fans whose team wins the Super Bowl.

Refraining from speaking and avoiding exposure to substances that can irritate the vocal cords, such as smoking, is the preferred treatment for acute laryngitis.

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