Patient Comments: Laryngitis - Describe Your Experience

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Comment from: Squibs, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: January 03

My laryngitis starts with sore throat and hoarseness, then gets heavily coated in yellow phlegm which is terribly difficult to cough up! Alarming when trying to inhale in order to have a hard cough to try cough up the phlegm. It feels like I'm going to choke on this phlegm each time I inhale before coughing! Takes several minutes to shift coating on larynx then intermittent coughing continues. Also nose blowing to clear passages of clear mucus. I sleep propped up in bed.

Comment from: Tgallu5771, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: November 21

I had a prolonged fit of coughing caused by drinking a very small amount of alcohol. It seemed like it went down the wrong pipe. I continued coughing for over an hour, after which I lost my voice. The pain from laryngitis was moderate. I have no fever or other cold symptoms. Now after 24 hours I have completely lost my voice. Hot tea with honey seems soothing.

Comment from: DaniD, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: August 10

It started with a dry hacking cough. After 5 days the hacking cough disappeared. I began to have a normal cough on and off. But when I do it follows with difficulty breathing for seconds. I was given antibiotic and cough medicine (pills). And now I developed laryngitis from I don't know where. All this time I did not develop any fever or swelling or pain. Weird.

Comment from: No fat, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 13

I have severe arthritis in both my hips. It was diagnosed at age 38. Recently I have developed severe leg pain in both legs. The pain has been so bad I cannot get a good night's sleep. Over the counter pain medicines did not help. When I eliminated the fat in my diet the pain stopped.

Comment from: Stacie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 22

Last evening, my older son visited with us and I started to feel extremely tired. A headache presented itself along with a neck ache and overall uneasiness. I stood up saying my throat hurt and then, mid-sentence my voice cracked, became hoarse and quit altogether. This afternoon, my ears and head hurt badly but I no longer have laryngitis and can speak. I do not have health benefits.

Comment from: sunny, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 03

I got bacterial laryngitis about 4 weeks ago, went to the doctor right away, and was given an antibiotic. I had no fever, no sore throat, just a lot of coughing and mucus build up, and a heaviness in my chest area. It is a lot better now, but I feel there is something still there that will not lift; just waiting for it to totally heal.

Comment from: SusaninPortugal, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 19

I am 61 years old, and have been in a choir most of my life. I have had various types of laryngitis over my life; usually following a cold or flu. Back in the first week of April this year, I caught a dry cough and a mild cold. The cough took ages to clear but I was fine about 2 weeks or so ago. I woke on Sunday with a dry throat, and was a bit croaky. This cleared after a few drinks over a few hours. However Monday I was croaky and hoarse all day, and unfortunately had a long choir rehearsal that night. I tried my best not to sing much though. Yesterday Tuesday, my voice was almost totally gone. Even whispering is now impossible. I went to choir again, but never sang. In the past I have always been able to sing, if not talk, if really necessary e.g., a concert! I am really worried now because I need to sing on Sunday as we have a long concert! Looks like I am going to be steaming by brains out for the next 5 days. I have some medicine given to me by the pharmacist along with some chewy gums that do seem to be soothing the edge of this. Fingers crossed for Sunday!

Comment from: salexanderpac, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 12

I had laryngitis in February after sinus cold for about 3 days and was given prednisone taper by urgent care. I never had laryngitis before then, but now it's 3 months later and had laryngitis 6 days ago followed by 3 days with voice back but very bad sore throat and now have laryngitis again. I'm an addiction psychiatry physician's assistant and need to talk for work. If I don't show up, patients that decided that day was the day to get clean don't have someone to start their treatment. It hurts my heart not being able to help those asking for it. I don't know why I keep getting laryngitis (don't smoke, don't sing, don't have upper respiratory infection each time) but have a profound gratefulness for days I have my voice and can help. Just hope I don't lose it for very long.

Comment from: Cayo, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 31

I got laryngitis after singing in church choir on Sunday, but believe it's not due to singing a lot, as it was my normal amount of singing every Sunday. I believe, it is also allergy related, as I was outside over weekend in the garden. I have been diagnosed with asthma before but hate using inhaler, so usually stay indoors during spring. What is odd, this is the first time I ever lose voice totally, usually just hoarse, but this time no voice going on 3 days! My tonsils look inflamed. If not getting better by Thursday, I may schedule a doctor's appointment.

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Comment from: GritsGirl52, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 22

I just returned from a cruise where the weather was in the 80s to temperatures in the 30s. My throat began to be affected within a few hours, and by night, I had full blown laryngitis. Now I am into the 6th day and throat is sore. I have been gargling with salt water and taking OTC sinus medicines which are bothering me too.

Comment from: Maggie, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 08

I have had laryngitis for almost three weeks now. I do have a terrible cough, but I have had this cough for 27 years and never lost my voice.

Comment from: ljm, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 08

I have had laryngitis for 8 weeks now. Doctor hasn't given me anything despite me going in twice; 3rd time tomorrow. Referral booked but not until 25.11.15 (today is 07.10.15). I am drinking plenty of fluids and trying to rest my voice; and I am working full time.

Comment from: tony s., 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: July 15

I have been singing professionally for years in the UK with no problems, then I moved to Tenerife, Spain. Now every time I do a show I lose my voice for days, sometimes weeks. I have tried all sorts of medication but nothing seems to help. I wonder if my laryngitis could be because of the change in climate.

Comment from: jchristie2005, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 25

I have had laryngitis now going on 5th day. I work in a call center which is not conducive to not tailing. I have been off work for 5 days. I have also been to the doctor and had to go back to work today but still have hoarse voice. I was put on Z-Pak from doctor but still no improvement. I have been doing hot liquids and ice cream as well but so far not much has been working. Hope this is done soon.

Comment from: DDO, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: March 24

I am a registered nurse and I have laryngitis again and have had it for the past 5 days. I just had it in December after contracting a cold or the flu, not sure which but it also went into my throat then! I'm on my 4th day of prednisone but am so frustrated by this condition because I can't work. I'm drinking 'throat coat' tea like it's going out of style, sucking throat lozenges, running my humidifier, sitting in the steam room; the list goes on and on. I want my voice back!

Comment from: liz, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 20

I started with cold symptoms, scratchy throat, two weeks ago. Then I started getting a little hoarse, but felt fine. Now, I have full blown laryngitis! I've noticed I have a dry cough at night and some congestion in my throat, feel feverish too. I wonder if it's bacterial and may need an antibiotic.

Comment from: Rosemary1977, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 26

I have severe hay fever, even after years of desensitization. I've had laryngitis before, but not to the extent that it is now. My hay fever symptoms started 2 weeks ago. Within 3 days, I was on antibiotics for sinus and ear infections. There was also a sore throat. I always have taken antihistamines, nasal and asthma inhalers. I am also on prednisone. My voice just stopped working yesterday. It was gravelly at first, but has totally failed. I had just signed a thirteen week contract for travel nursing. My employer does not know I can't talk above a whisper.

Comment from: Leftygal22, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 25

My throat felt tight 8 days ago, my voice became raspy and it was hard to speak without much effort. I had bronchitis and was on antibiotics it. I was also a smoker. I stopped smoking 3 days ago, and only after I stopped smoking, did I notice my symptoms for both the bronchitis and laryngitis improving. I have never lost my voice before, it has been a terrible experience. Never again will I smoke a cigarette, also my chest has cleared up super good, only since I stopped the smoking. I have smoked for 46 years... no more though.

Comment from: Barbara A, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 01

I am now into 3 months with chronic laryngitis. Had it last year for 9 weeks. I am taking acid reflux stuff again, touch wood, they are not making me ill like the last lot. I finally got a referral to ENT in 10 days. I am taking herbal things to hopefully improve my immune system, tried all the usual - rest, steam inhalation, etc., but to no avail. I am sick and fed up of straining to have a conversation and I miss singing, I only do it at home but it makes me feel happy. I've been off work for weeks as for the most part have felt run down, tight chested and generally unwell. Will see what next week brings...

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Comment from: Fukutaichou, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: February 20

I"ve had chronic laryngitis for a year. I"ve stopped singing since then, which is very frustrating. When I had it checked the doctor said that it couldn"t be throat cancer. Therefore, I have nothing to worry about. But I still feel the swelling in the throat. I"ve taken artificial medication and herbal supplements, and yet, it won"t go away. It feels like my throat is a flat tire. It gets exhausted easily and I can"t reach the high ranges that I used to sing.

Comment from: Fallen Angel, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 02

I seem to be getting laryngitis more and more often. I'm 30, a single parent to my 10 year old daughter. This recent bout is the worse! It started as sinusitis which I had for 3 weeks, then 3 days ago my throat and upper chest started aching. Day 3 and I woke up at 4AM struggling to breathe. My throat was very painful but the worse thing was the feeling that my windpipe was closing over! This was very scary as I've never experienced these symptoms so bad. It was an absolute nightmare and made me feel like a child whilst trying to speak over the phone! Day 4 today, (on antibiotics) and I'm scared of going to bed. I don't want to wake up struggling to breathe, especially when I'm by myself.

Comment from: Courtney , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 01

With laryngitis I had dry raspy cough, loss of voice, and shortness of breath.

Comment from: nickie1979, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 27

I came home from work and took a nap and my voice was gone. Every time I drink thin liquids I cough like I am smoking and it is making me scared. I have not gone to the doctor as of yet.

Comment from: shankaraiah, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: May 07

I have been suffering for six months with the irritation and cough in the throat and I consulted physicians. One said that it is acid reflux and prescribed tablet pantoprazole for one month, but it was not cured. Then I met another doctor who told me that it may be an allergy and prescribed tablet doxycycline and tablet levocetirizine for ten days and when I went for a second time he prescribed tablet azithromycin and tablet levocetirizine for another ten days, but I am still suffering. If I talk loud my voice will go away.

Comment from: Weak, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 26

I've had laryngitis for 5 days now. My breathing is getting better. But I still feel so weak. I just want to be in bed all the time. I've been off work for a week now. I am wondering how long this is going to take before I am better.

Comment from: awilife43, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 16

I don't think it is good medical advice when you say that most cases of Laryngitis don't require a visit to the doctor, when you're also saying that it may due to a Stroke or other serious diseases. While Laryngitis is NOT a serious medical concern, it doesn't hurt to go the doctor to rule out other potentially deadly illness like a stroke or pneumonia.

Comment from: Mir22, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 31

This past year I seem to get reoccurring laryngitis. I am not a smoker and do not have a cold with it. Gargling with warm salt water and stoking tea with honey seems to help a little but won't go away! This time I've had it over a week.

Comment from: Throaty, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 30

In September of 2009, I had a bad head cold that quickly turned into bronchitis. The doctor gave me a steroid and antibiotic. The symptoms all subsided within a few weeks except for the laryngitis. I was not over the laryngitis yet when I came down with another very severe cold with almost the exact same symptoms. This was in January of 2010. There was a lot of drainage down my throat but very little coughing. I was given the same drugs and had the same results that left me with laryngitis that was so bad I couldn't talk at all for three days. Most of my voice has returned now (June 2010) except I still have a very raspy throat and feel very winded when I talk. After the first cold, the doctor told me I had acid reflux and treated me with medication for reflux. I told the doctor I didn't think I had reflux as I have no other symptoms except the laryngitis, but I did as I was told. After the second cold, another doctor again told me it was acid reflux and sent me to a throat specialist. He said to continue on the medication for acid reflux and put me on a special diet of no alcohol, citrus, spicy foods, cheese, no snacks at night and raised the head of the bed 6 inches. He had checked my vocal chords, which were red and swollen. There were no nodules or sign of cancer. He also told me to take pills to reduce mucus and allergy pills even though I have never been diagnosed with allergy problems. None of the medications for acid reflux or other pills have helped. I am going to see another throat specialist tomorrow. I'm about ready to accept the fact that I will always have a raspy throat. Bummer!

Comment from: Willow, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 16

I have had laryngitis for one week now, and I believe that it is caused from the stress that I'm under. I saw my doctor last Friday as I thought I had pneumonia because my chest and back were hurting. Instead, I found out that I had strained my muscles from coughing. Also, I found out that there is something in my throat, and I have to keep coughing very, very hard until I get something up to clear my airway. When I finally do catch my breath, my face is red and my heart is beating very hard. I have also had bad chest pains. It felt as if I was going to have a heart attack. My whole chest was in pain, and a strong pressure was on it. Thank God it finally calmed down. I am now on my second week of antibiotics and find that they are helping as the swelling that I had on the side of my neck.

Comment from: ttaylor, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: January 05

I have just started taking see Suboxone, and since taking it I have been having severe upper abdominal cramps. I am wondering if this medication is causing this.

Comment from: Pugs46, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 02

I came down with laryngitis and not able to speak loudly. First time I've ever had it. Hope it's not from something bad.

Comment from: Dr Vakily, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: April 03

I have a sore throat, difficulty swallowing, runny nose, loss of voice and cough with laryngitis.

Comment from: Terry, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 02

I have dry cough with laryngitis; always seem to have this with cold.

Comment from: Sue, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 31

I was diagnosed with asthma at age 53 and recently caught laryngitis which turned into pneumonia. I am wondering if it was caused by an exposure to a farmers manure fertilizer so potent that it gave me an asthma attack while at work outside during recess.

Comment from: 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 18

I never got laryngitis and lost my voice when I coughed a lot until a few years ago. Now whenever I have any bug that makes me cough I end up losing the ability to talk in normal tones and ranges sporadically during and following the episode.

Comment from: Linford, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 20

I lost my voice for three weeks last year and as a result of that I was off sick from work for four weeks. Since then I have lost my voice four more times.

Comment from: linda, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 08

I just got over a sinus infection and now I have Larngitis. I was talking yesterday and then all of the sudden I couldn't talk, it felt like my voice broke.

Comment from: NoWhisperer, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 08

My laryngitis is an annual visitor. This is the third time in three years! My mistake was thinking that I could whisper. Oops! I just read the articles and found out that I was wrong. I'm a teacher, so I'm out for a day and a half, but my recovery time has typically been a few days. I have a sore throat, fever, and total loss of voice.

Comment from: vicster, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 01

I have had laryngitis for about 3 months now. I have thyroid disease and went to see my endocrinologist 3 weeks ago. She ordered a thyroid ultrasound and even though my thyroid is enlarged, I am told it is not the cause. I now have an apptointment with an ENT next week to see what they say. I am frustrated and concerned. In the end of June, I woke up one morning and noticed a huge change in my voice. I thought I was getting a cold. Never got sick and it has progressively got worse. I have a hard time even having a conversation anymore because I have to strain so much just to talk and I constantly feel like I have a lump in my throat and sometimes have to spit. I also have a very dry cough when I try to talk too much.

Comment from: TessaRosee, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: September 28

So I have Laryngitis and to top it off I have Strep Throat. It's horrible! I can't sleep, eat, talk, spit up cause it hurts so bad. I'm so frustrated.

Comment from: Peggy, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 26

I had to leave our home because we had a tornado in our town and our electricity was off for 11 days. We were in the middle of a heat wave on top of it so we went to our son's for 4 or 5 days. We watched our 5 year old great granddaughter, and she had a cough and runny nose. Well we muddled our way through this terrible event and no sooner got home when I woke up with a sore throat. We ate in a freezing restaurant and I immediately got laryngitis. The third day I go to the doctor. She put me on a Z-Pak and Claritin, and lots of water. Here's hoping I feel better tomorrow. I don't have much of an appetite and I have coughing fits. I've had this four times the past year.

Comment from: Cindy1, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 13

This started with one eye weeping for two days and postnasal drip, followed by a painful sore throat, and a raspy voice which developed into laryngitis.

Comment from: Mother of 2, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 19

I've had laryngitis consistently since Sept 2010 but on and off for the last 5 years. I have horrible coughing attacks constantly that have landed me in the ER 3 times because I couldn't breathe. I have seen 2 general practioners, an internal medicine doctor, an allergy/asthma specialist, pulmonologist, and an ENT. Nothing! They've done x-rays, 2 CT scans, allergy testing (which sent me into anaphylactic shock), asthma testing (which I have also), lung capacity tests (I've failed every one of them) and other testing. I have tried numerous antibiotics (including avelox), several nose sprays, several allergy meds, high doses of steriods, a couple of inhalers...you name it. All of my doctors are at a loss and now tell me there is nothing they can do for me except send me to ER when I can't breath which is everyday. The ER treats me for anaphylaxis which is the only thing that has EVER worked, however, as soon as the medication is out of my system I am right back to where I started. So, basically thousands of dollars at ER for a bandaid and no answers either. My primary doctor is FINALLY sending me to a specialist out of the area but cannot see me for another 3 months....I cannot live like this for another 3 months!!! This is awful!!!!

Comment from: jaye, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 03

I had sinusitis since Dec. 7, and was on amoxicillin for 10 days. I felt better for a few days and then came down with the beginnings of a cold, which settled again into my sinuses. Last week, I developed laryngitis, and have seen two doctors. The first one prescribed steroids and a nose spray. I finished those and had no relief. The second doctor prescribed Avelox, which has scary side effects, so I refused to take it. I am now waiting for the holidays to be over so I can make an appointment for an ENT doctor. I have tried saline nose drops, nasal irrigation, gargling with salt water, tea and honey, etc., all with no help.

Comment from: Michelle, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: April 19

I'm a singer and I've had laryngitis since the end of October. My doctors don't know what to do about it and neither do I.

Comment from: amanda97355, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 18

I have had continuous laryngitis for about five years now, and I consistently get it about 15 to 20 times in one year. This is very annoying for me and my employers. I repeatedly miss work because of it.

Comment from: Diamondgirl2009, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 22

I have had laryngitis for six weeks now and I believe that it is caused from the reflux acid coming from my stomach. I am unable to breath at times. This condition makes it feel as if my throat is closing up completely. Then when I eat, my throat starts closing again because I have put something in the air way, so I have to keep coughing very, very hard until I get something up to clear my air way. Usually what comes up is dead skin from my throat. I also have the acid come up, which strangles me and I feel as if I am never going to catch my breath again. When I finally do catch my breath, my face is red and my heart is beating very hard. I have had a nosebleed after trying to catch my breath. I have also had bad chest pains. I had to take two nitros the other day just to calm down my chest. It felt as if I was going to have a heart attack. My whole chest was in pain and a strong pressure was on it. Thank God it finally calmed down.

Comment from: Joanne, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 31

I went to High Sierra mountains on an ATV. I inhaled lots of dust, woke up unable to swallow, raspy voice led to no voice. I went to the doctor. Z-Pak. It's been three days without a voice, and just learned not to whisper. It hurts my voice box more than trying to talk. No sore throat, just dry cough, taking Mucinex just in case. Never thought I would miss talking, but I do.

Comment from: dobrodave, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 23

I have just been diagnosed with chronic laryngitis, and the treatment is a 2 month course of anti-acid drugs. I have never heard anything like it. I am a singer and am very aware of my throat and take great care not to over stretch it. I have ear-ache and pains in my Adams apple when I attempt to sing. I will be absolutely amazed if this treatment works.

Comment from: revason, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: January 05

I was exposed to a smoky fireplace at Christmas .I then experienced congested nose and lots of phlegm. I used my vaporizer at night to alleviate this feeling. I lost my voice and now I suffer from laryngitis .My home remedy was salt solution gargle and lots of liquids to drink including boiled garlic and honey but no relief. Not a smoker and suffering from constant clearing of the throat. I am suspecting that I am allergic to wood smoke because at New Years I had the same exposure. Now I have developed pink eyes due to constant washing of my face to relieve the burning sensation. I need to see the doctor and get some relief. It could either be caused by allergy, viral infection or bacteria.

Comment from: Rose, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 05

Flying is the cause of my current laryngitis. After an initial 2 hour flight I awoke with tightness in my upper respiratory tract. A week later I flew from northern to southern hemisphere over 28 hours total in transit and flight time. The dehydration that occurs whilst flying and lack of real sleep plus overall stress on the body ended in laryngitis. I drank lots of water in flight and since arriving at destination but feel rest and possibly Vit C will be the best help. My glands are not swollen but I still feel a bit chesty.

Comment from: SMoore67, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 21

I have a very weak larynx it seems. I have been getting laryngitis easier and easier these days. This time I didn't even have to cough half a day and I lost my voice. The docs thought at first it was anesthesia but no it was little old virus. I wish I knew why my voice is the first to go. I can't even say "boo" and it has been going on since last Friday. I need to get better!!

Comment from: 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 19

I believe that the onset of my laryngitis came from the stress that I have been under. I have had flu-like symptoms including: fever, chills, aches, and sweating. I also have very swollen glands/lymph nodes in my neck that are sensitive to the touch. This causes pain in my neck when moved. I have had these symptoms for about five days now, and have not taken any form of medication. I have increased my vitamin C intake as well as keep a bottle of water with me at all times. I have also continued with my normal running routine as I try to sweat the fever out.

Comment from: nancy2345, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 08

I had laryngitis now for 6 months my ENT doctor found some nodules one on each side of voice box. He is going to do a Biopsy in 2 weeks to make sure it's not cancer. He does think it's acid reflux causing it.

Comment from: jenni, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 03

It seems that I have laryngitis at least two times a year. When I taught, I thought it was from the kids giving me colds.

Comment from: nic123d, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 05

I had bronchitis a little less than 2 weeks ago. I just finished Augmentin 875mg for 10 days. 3 days ago, my voice started to become hoarse. Today I have absolutely no voice and a sore throat. Yes, I smoke, like a fool. I've cut down from 20 cigs per day to 5 per day.

Comment from: Jingle, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 23

I had a mild sore throat that developed into an overall weak feeling for 3 days, it developed into laryngitis and then a chronic dry cough, night sweats, and now pneumonia. Symptoms developed slowly over a week and I thought they would go away with rest. I'm 55, high energy, excellent health, rarely ill. I saw a Dr only because no one can sleep with my annoying chronic night coughing. I'm on antibiotics now and wish I saw a doctor sooner.

Comment from: jessica, 19-24 Female Published: March 07

My experience with laryngitis has been horrible. The day I woke up with it I could not speak. I have been coughing, I have a running nose, and my throat hurts. I have been drinking fluids and it has gotten better, but it still is pretty bad and it has only been 3 days.

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