How to treat laryngitis in adults
Catarrhal diseases rarely "come alone", the reason for this - a common habit to carry a cold "on your feet." One common disease that accompanies the common cold is laryngitis. How to treatlaryngitis in adults.
Laryngitis is inflammation of the larynx. If the inflammation affects the primary divisions of the trachea, the disease is called laryngotracheitis. Laryngitis in adults usually proceeds more easily than in children. this is due to the difference in the structure of the respiratory system. But hypothermia, smoking, breathing through the mouth, overstrain of the larynx and dusty air contribute to the development of laryngitis.
What are the symptoms of laryngitis? The most common and most obvious is the hoarseness or even complete loss of voice. Also, the patient can feel dryness and choking in the throat, pain when swallowing. Laryngitis in adults can be accompanied by a dry barking cough, difficulty breathing and a cyanotic skin tone. The mucous membrane of the larynx looks sharply reddened.
These are all signs of acute laryngitis. accompanying catarrhal or infectious disease. If you follow all the prescriptions of the doctor, laryngitis in adults passes within 7-10 days. In fact, the main task is to cure the underlying disease that caused laryngitis, and provide the larynx with complete peace.
Laryngitis should speak as little as possible. Whisper is also excluded, because he also strains the vocal cords. It is also forbidden to smoke, drink alcohol, eat spicy food, seasonings, salty, too hot or cold dishes - all this irritates the larynx and prevents cure of the laryngitis. You can not breathe cold and smoky air, go out in the misty weather.
Also recommended treatments — it will help to quickly deal with laryngitis. Usually the doctor prescribes a warm drink (mineral water, milk). Drinks should not be hot — it is harmful to the larynx. Also help rinse decoction of herbs (eg, chamomile and sage), hot compresses, and bandages on his neck. If there is no high temperature, you can do hot foot bath.
One of the main enemies of laryngitis is warm, moist air.To cure laryngitis will help alkaline oil inhalation. They should be done every 2-3 hours, inhalation should last 15-20 minutes. If possible, put in your room a humidifier. If there is no humidifier, you can turn on the hot water in the bathroom and breathe the steam.
The doctor may additionally prescribe drugs, for example, antitussives or antihistamines. To self-medicate is not worth it - if the doctor did not prescribe any medicines, then the procedures listed above should suffice.
If you often get sick with laryngitis, acute laryngitis may become chronic. Chronic laryngitis in adults, often develops as a professional disease (say, teachers or singers) or because of smoking. With chronic laryngitis, the voice quickly becomes tired, becomes hoarse, a sensation of constriction and perspiration arises in the throat.
Patients with chronic laryngitis must see a doctor to self-medicate or to let the disease to the chance in any case it is impossible! The doctor will prescribe treatment depending on the disease. In mild cases it may be enough inhalation lubrication larynx Lugol solution and physiotherapy. And when running chronic laryngitis may need cauterization of the mucous membrane with a solution of silver nitrate or even surgery.
Chronic laryngitis in adults (as well as many other diseases) are easier to prevent than to cure. For this you should promptly treated acute laryngitis and other diseases of the upper respiratory tract, which can lead to chronic laryngitis. You need to try to strain your voice less (if you have a lot to say at work - try to give the voice a breather at least at home). General hardening and strengthening of immunity will also serve as an excellent prophylaxis for laryngitis (both acute and chronic).
Acute laryngitis cannot be ignored, thinking that it will go down: you can get a chronic inflammation of the larynx, to cure which will be much harder. Take care of your health!