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Because most common laryngitis is caused by a virus, antibiotics may not help. Your health care provider will make this decision.
Resting your voice helps by reducing inflammation of the vocal cords. A humidifier may soothe the scratchy feeling that comes with laryngitis. Decongestants and painkillers may relieve the symptoms of an upper respiratory infection, if you have one.
Laryngitis that is not caused by a serious condition should get better.
Rarely, severe respiratory distress may develop. This will require medical attention.
Call your health care provider if:
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