Laryngitis Treatments

Most cases of laryngitis will clear up on their own in a week or two. If laryngitis becomes chronic, your physician may suggest a combination of medication and lifestyle changes to treat your symptoms. Treatment may include:

  • Antibiotics for bacterial infection
  • Corticosteroids for fast relief in limited applications
  • Proton-pump inhibitors for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Antihistamines for allergies causing post-nasal drip

Self-care during an episode of laryngitis may include:

  • Quitting smoking and avoiding secondhand smoke
  • Avoiding alcohol and caffeine
  • Avoiding spicy foods or other triggers of acid reflux
  • Drinking plenty of water
  • Humidifying your home
  • Resting your voice (avoiding speaking, singing or whispering)
  • Eat more fruits, vegetables and whole grains to boost your intake of vitamins that keep mucus membranes healthy

If you use your voice often and experience chronic laryngitis, consider seeking professional voice training.