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Laryngoscopy: Types, Procedure, Uses, and Indications

By:
Michael P Underbrink, MD
September 17, 2019
September 17, 2019 04:15 PM
laryngitis, laryngoscopy

  It's essential you keep a healthy larynx since it contains your vocal cords (folds). Air passes through your larynx and over your vocal cords, causing them to vibrate which produces sound. It helps you breathe, talk and swallow. It's positioned at the top of your trachea or windpipe at the back of the throat. It contains your vocal cords that vibrate, making sounds as you speak. Your doctor will use a laryngoscope (a small hand tool) to look into your larynx as well as other surrounding parts of your throat or if they need to insert a tube into your trachea to help you breathe. Laryngoscopy Definition Laryngoscopy definition: Laryngoscopy is a visual exam using a throat scope to view below the back of the throat where your larynx that contains your vocal cords is. It's an efficient procedure to help the doctor discover the cause of:… Read More

Acute Laryngitis vs Chronic Laryngitis: Symptoms, Differences, Diagnosis, and Treatment

By:
Michael P Underbrink, MD
September 12, 2019
September 12, 2019 08:57 PM
laryngitis, acute laryngitis, chronic laryngitis

  Laryngitis is where your larynx (voice box) becomes inflamed due to irritation, overuse or infection. You can have acute (short-lived) laryngitis or chronic (long-lasting) laryngitis. Either way, the symptoms can interfere with your daily life.  Here you'll learn the definition and differences of acute vs chronic laryngitis in terms of symptoms, diagnosis and treatment.   What is Acute Laryngitis? Acute laryngitis usually is a short-lived illness that produces a sore throat and hoarseness. Often, it's caused by an upper respiratory tract infection.  It typically lasts for around three to seven days. It might have infectious causes or non-infectious causes like straining the vocal cords by overusing your voice or gastrointestinal reflux disease (GERD) could cause it which is known as reflux laryngitis. … Read More

Inflammation of Your Larynx (Voice Box): Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment Options

By:
Michael P Underbrink, MD
September 06, 2019
September 12, 2019 08:58 PM
laryngitis, hoarse throat, voice box

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What is a Hoarse Voice (Hoarseness)? Signs, Causes and Treatments

By:
Michael P Underbrink, MD
September 03, 2019
September 12, 2019 08:59 PM
laryngitis, hoarse throat

  Hoarseness is a presentation doctors see in primary care and ear, nose and throat practices, and is the reason for around one percent of all primary care consultations. It's important to know hoarseness isn't a disease in itself, but rather a symptom.   What is a Hoarse Voice (Hoarseness)? Hoarseness, or dysphonia, is where you have an abnormal change in your voice quality, which makes it sound: Strained Raspy Breathy Lower or higher in pitch Weak Fatigued Inconsistent It often makes it difficult for you to talk. This typically occurs when you have a problem in the vocal cords of your larynx (voice box) which produces sound. When you breathe your vocal cords (folds) are separated, however, when you make a noise, they come together and they vibrate when the air is leaving your lungs. Hoarseness results when anything alters the closure or vibration of your vocal cords.… Read More

What is Laryngitis? (Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment Options)

By:
Michael P Underbrink, MD
August 21, 2019
October 16, 2019 09:24 PM
laryngitis

View Video   Laryngitis is a condition many individuals have dealt with at some point in their lives. Most laryngitis cases are temporary, improving once the underlying cause becomes better, however, some people do end up with chronic laryngitis. In their lifetime, it's thought that 21 percent of the population might develop chronic laryngitis. In some cases, an infection causes it could spread to other areas of your respiratory tract.… Read More

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