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Laryngitis is an inflammation of the voice box (larynx) due to overuse, irritation or infection. Inside the larynx are the vocal cords.  Normally the vocal cords open and close smoothly, forming sounds through their movement and vibration. When a person has laryngitis, the vocal cords become inflamed or irritated causing swelling that distorts sounds and making the voice sound hoarse or faint.
Symptoms may include:
Causes may include:
Acute laryngitis 

Chronic laryngitis - laryngitis that lasts more than three weeks

Treatment may include:
  • breathing moist air
  • resting the voice
  • drinking fluids
  • avoiding alcohol and caffeine
  • lozenges
  • gargling with salt water
  • medication

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