Answers to Common Ear, Nose, and Throat Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about ear, nose, and throat health.

What steps can you take to alleviate or soothe laryngitis?

Dr. Laura Tully discusses how to alleviate laryngitis. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

What steps can you take to alleviate or soothe laryngitis?

For patients who do develop a viral laryngitis, symptoms will typically resolve on their own within one to three weeks, but there are things patients can do on their own to help speed up recovery. One is voice rest, as much as patients are able to rest the voice. It will help. Things like throat clearing, coughing and whispering though have the same impact as speaking normally. So when we say voice rest, we want you to limit all of those things. Also, lots and lots of hydration and rest will help speed up recovery, and non-mentholated cough drops. The menthol can actually have a drying effect on the vocal cords. So even though they can feel nice in the back of the throat, they can actually hinder recovery.


Most often, the best thing you can do to help laryngitis is to rest your voice as much as possible, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human ServicesOff Site Icon (HHS).

Premier Physician Network (PPN) physicians say it’s important to remember that coughing, clearing your throat, and whispering have the same effect as talking normally. So, it’s best for you to try to avoid doing those things whenever possible.

Viral laryngitis can last one to three weeks, but drinking a lot of fluids to stay hydrated and getting plenty of rest can help in your recovery.

You can also try decongestants and pain relievers, such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen, to help soothe laryngitis, according to the HHS.

Talk to your doctor for more information about alleviating or soothing laryngitis.

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Source: Stewart Adam, MD, Premier ENT Associates; Jeffrey Adam, MD, Premier ENT Associates; Laura Tully, MD, Premier ENT Associates