Allergy Related Laryngitis is a condition characterized by hoarseness, a weak or raspy voice and in some cases total voice loss. It’s the result of an inflammation of the larynx that can be caused by infections, vocal strain or allergies.
When airborne allergens are inhaled, the immune system views them as a threat and triggers the blood cells to release histamines, causing an inflammatory response marked by increased mucus production. Mucus absorbs moisture, causing the vocal folds in the larynx to dry out. This leads to increased friction during speech, which causes irritation and swelling.
The result? Cold-like symptoms that include hoarseness, a dry and scratchy throat, coughing, sneezing, excess mucus/phlegm and a weak or raspy voice that might disappear altogether.
Environmental irritants responsible for allergy related laryngitis range from pollen produced by trees, grasses and weeds, to mold and fungi spores, tobacco smoke, air pollution, chemical fumes, dust mites and animal dander.
Treating allergy related laryngitis early is important; if symptoms persist, serious complications may occur. See your doctor if symptoms have lingered longer than two weeks. You’ll be given allergy testing in an attempt to identify the substance responsible for triggering your symptoms.
The key to treating allergy related laryngitis involves reducing the inflammation in your larynx. Hydration is essential in lubricating the vocal folds and thinning excess mucus, so be sure to drink lots of fluids. Using a humidifier to moisturize the air will also help with hydration.
Medications such as antihistamines can reduce the severity of your symptoms, and gargling with warm salt water can relieve discomfort. Avoid irritants that trigger an allergic reaction, such as tobacco smoke, and stay inside on dry, windy days and during pollen season.
Most importantly of all, rest your voice. If you attempt to speak when suffering from laryngitis, you can cause irreparable damage to your vocal cords.
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