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Dr. Newman: Hello I'm Dr Gemma Newman and I'm a GP and broadcaster. And today I'd like to help you with a few top tips to improve your health. I'd like to talk to you about how to cure laryngitis. Firstly I'd like to go through with you some of the symptoms of laryngitis to see if you have them. The first thing obviously would be a hoarse voice. You may also be experiencing a sore throat, a mild fever, maybe a cough or maybe some constitutional symptoms such as tiredness, aches and pains and tonsillitis. A runny nose may also be involved and very rarely you might get shortness of breath, especially for children. If that's the case it's important to go and see your own doctor. So, what can we do to help cure that laryngitis? Most of the time laryngitis is caused by a viral infection. And time therefore is the best healer because no amount of antibiotics is going to get rid of laryngitis. If you're a singer of if you use your voice a lot you'll have to rest your voice. That will mean to shouting, no singing and no whispering. Whispering can strain your vocal cords almost as much as shouting or singing can. So it's best to try and restrict the amount that you talk completely because this will improve the length of time that you have laryngitis. Other things you can do to improve your general health would be to have a healthy diet. So lots of fresh fruits and vegetables to energize your system and boost your recovery. If you're in a lot of pain with the laryngitis you can take some pain killers. I suggest Paracetemol to start with up to two tablets four times daily. If that's not helping you enough you could try a codeine based pain relief as well as the Parcetemol for example Co-codalmol. Or if that's not working you could also try an anti-inflammatory pain reliever. Anti-Inflammatories are not suitable for everyone so if you're not sure it's best to ask your own doctor. What else can you do? If you're a smoker it's very important to leave smoking during your laryngitis and indeed all the time if you can. That's another issue to discuss with your doctor. And reflux, if you have acid reflux that can make laryngitis more problematic. It's important to treat that as well. Now, if you're getting symptoms that are lasting longer than a few days, if you've got insistent gland up in your neck or if you have any underlying medical, which would include things like cancer, chemotherapy, thyroid problems or any problems with your spleen for example it's really important that you go and see your doctor. Sometimes these are caused by bacteria, in which case antibiotics will be useful. Good luck and I hope that you're feeling better soon.
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