Laryngitis, an inflammation of the vocal chords, is a common ailment, particularly during winter flu and cold season. An upper respiratory infection can cause Laryngitis or over-use of your vocal chords, by shouting, singing loudly and talking. Laryngitis can even be triggered by breathing in exhaust fumes and other pollutants, smoking a lot or being exposed to secondhand smoke. Symptoms of laryngitis include loss of your voice or a harsh, raspy voice, pain and roughness in your throat and a dry cough.
Antibiotics are the first line of defense if a bacterial infection causes your laryngitis. These medications will do nothing to help you if your laryngitis has another cause. In fact, they can actually do you harm by causing you to develop an immunity to this type of medication.
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