Patient Comments: Laryngitis - Symptoms in Adults


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Comment from: Deb54, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 06

I started feeling really tired and achy one night so went to bed early. I woke up with a temperature and only a whisper for a voice and a feeling that I couldn’t swallow, which progressed to feeling like I couldn’t breathe. It was summer and 30 C so that was not helping because it was too hot to lie in bed! A doctor gave me penicillin because she had prescribed prednisone which she said weakened the immune system so the antibiotics would stop any bacterial infection (though it is mostly a viral disease and they were just a precaution). The prednisone is giving me heartburn and headaches and I can’t sleep, but it is better than the sore throat. I am not taking the antibiotic as I don’t believe in using them unless there is something to treat. Misuse is how these superbugs started! Day 2 and my voice is a bit better but I feel terrible still.

Comment from: mlrxo, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: January 14

It all started with a very horrid sore throat. I then went to urgent care and was told I had an ear infection. I was put on antibiotics and was told my throat would probably not be cured by the medication if it is a viral thing. Anyway, last night, I woke up not able to swallow my own spit and ended up in the hospital. Then, I was told I had laryngitis. I can barely talk above a whisper and this is really unbearable throat pain. I've had strep before and it is up there with the pain. Anyway, I've tried everything. Hot tea with lemon and ginger, plenty of fluids, Motrin/Tylenol for the swelling/pain, and I've even been sleeping with a Vicks humidifier. In all honesty, none of this is really working. I'm thinking it's one of those things you just have to let your body fight off by itself. I can't wait to feel better.

Comment from: SWEET, 45-54 (Patient) Published: August 11

It started out with a bad cough to the point I urinate and feel weak. Then all of the sudden I lost my voice. It’s been over a month since I got laryngitis I still have my harsh voice and cough and thick mucus. Doctor diagnosed me with fluid in my lungs.

Comment from: kurt, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: December 23

I contracted a flu last week from my mother, who had been sick. Soon after I had a sore throat, not a big deal but then my whole body began to ache and soon I was in bed for a day. The next morning my whole throat was so swollen I couldn’t breathe or talk or swallow. I went to several doctors who misdiagnosed it. I finally found one and he gave me penicillin 500 mg 3 times a day, and advised bed rest and washing throat with salt water 4 times a day. He also gave painkiller Aleve, and a regimen of vitamins. I don’t smoke, don’t drink and work out religiously. This laryngitis is a tough one and can lead to all sorts of trauma in your life if you don’t address it.

Comment from: Melly, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 03

I have laryngitis with a cough, my ears hurt, I have headache and sinus pressure around my left eye, my teeth hurt on left side, I’m just feeling miserable right now.

Comment from: Jane Doe, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 18

I have a sinus infection and now I have lost my voice.

Comment from: sarla, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 24

I have lost my voice almost 4 weeks ago. It came back, I was normal and lost it again in the last two days. Now I have a bit of sore throat and taken lozenges. Today I went to the pharmacy to get some stronger medication so at the moment I am taking Otrivin for my blocked nose, 20 ml oromucosal spray and also Emphysemol (deep lung support) 3 times daily.

Comment from: loka girl, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 18

I had laryngitis for the 2nd time this year. I went to a doctor who gave me Panadol and Exylin but it’s been a week now, I still have my constant irritating cough. It usually attacks during the resting hours. It has become worse for a week now and my voice still hasn’t come back. I’ve tried already all remedies like tea with lemon, gargling with warm water and salt, eating citrus, eating ginger, having drinks high with vitamin C and lozenges; but still my voice is hoarse. Mostly I speak by whispering especially at work. I hope to get well soon.

Comment from: dnvrdog, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: January 26

I was confronting a co-worker and boom, lost my voice. Two days later I am coughing and not much sleep, with headache. I need my voice for work.

Comment from: Barbara A, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 20

I developed laryngitis in December 2012 and my voice did not return for 9 weeks. I had hospital tests and scans, was diagnosed with asthma which they then retracted and also with acid reflux but that was discounted as well but only after I was ill with the medications! I have now got it again and so far I have been without voice for 10 days. I had picked up a flu-like bug from work which I believe has led to this but I am no nearer getting a solution to it or a reason why it’s happened again; very frustrated.


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Comment from: Retired Officer, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 15

My voice is hoarse since last 2 weeks, but there is no pain or any other trouble. The doctor has advised me to take voice rest for at least two weeks. I feel personally that it is due to my excessive talking.

Comment from: lise, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 25

My throat was itchy and by the night, I lost my voice completely. It's now five days later and I still have no voice. I'm coughing like crazy. I have a runny nose and I can't sleep.

Comment from: oldphotogurl, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 05

I caught an upper respiratory infection from my son, which he had caught at work. I have been coughing so much that now I cannot talk. Although I am very annoyed by not being able to talk, my family says they are enjoying the silence. LOL


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