Can Laryngitis Recur?
my son is 31 months old. Last month I went to DSA because I snored and had a fever when I slept. the DSA said laryngitis. and after being given medicine and cured. but today snoring again and dry cough again. can the laryngitis recur? What caused it? do you like screaming to be one of them? because my child likes to scream. thanks for the answer.
Hello Eunice Srie Walinda
Thank you for your question
Laryngitis is inflammation that occurs in the larynx (vocal box in the throat), which is characterized by sore throat, cough, fever, hoarseness of the voice, or even complete loss of voice. This inflammation can be caused by several things such as:
Damage to the vocal cords, due to vibrations in these organs that exceed the endurance limit, for example due to sufferers shouting too loudly or singing in a high voice. Viral, bacterial and fungal infections. Allergic reaction to a chemical substance or exposure to dust. Stomach acid rises to the throat through the esophagus in cases of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). However, this case rarely occurs in children under five. Indeed, inflammation of the larynx can be acute (inflammation that occurs for a short time, a few days) or can be chronic, where the inflammation lasts a long time and even repeats. Of course, if your child's case of inflammation recurs, then there are factors that trigger it, for example, the air circulation in the house is not very good, exposure to cold air or dry air, it could also be due to an allergy to chemicals. But you shouldn't forget, consumption of foods and drinks that are too sweet can trigger inflammation in the throat and continue in your child's larynx. Apart from that, as you explained, this condition can also be triggered by shouting too often. So indeed this laryngitis can occur repeatedly. So you have to make sure that your child has no risk factors for this case of recurrent laryngitis and as much as possible avoid these risk factors. For self-medication, you can buy over-the-counter cough and cold medicines on the market and give your child sore throat relievers (usually inflammation of the larynx causes sore throat too). If indeed the complaint continues, then instead you bring your child to be examined again by a pediatrician or by a general practitioner.
Hope this answer helps you.
dr. Aldy Valentino