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Laryngitis treatment available online today

In order to treat your laryngitis, consult with one of our board-certified doctors online today to learn how to relieve your sore or dry throat today. Get a new prescription for corticosteroids if needed, or refill an existing prescription today.

  • Medication services available 24/7 for adults and kids (3+)

  • Top quality, board-certified doctors

  • No insurance needed

  • Same-day prescriptions available*

*Prescriptions provided at doctor’s discretion.

We accept these insurance plans and many more!

Most patients with in-network insurance pay $30 or less. Otherwise, new patient visits are $129 and follow-ups are only $69 for members.

  • United Healthcare
  • Humana
  • Aetna

3 simple steps to request laryngitis treatment

  • Book a laryngitis treatment appointment.

    Step 1

    Book a laryngitis treatment appointment.

    Book a same day appointment from anywhere.

  • Talk to your medical provider regarding your laryngitis symptoms.

    Step 2

    Talk to your medical provider regarding your laryngitis symptoms.

    Visit with a doctor on your smartphone or computer.

  • Pick up a prescription to treat laryngitis.

    Step 3

    Pick up a prescription to treat laryngitis.

    We can send prescriptions to any local pharmacy,

  • Book a laryngitis treatment appointment.

    Step 1

    Book a laryngitis treatment appointment.

    Book a same day appointment from anywhere.

  • Talk to your medical provider regarding your laryngitis symptoms.

    Step 2

    Talk to your medical provider regarding your laryngitis symptoms.

    Visit with a doctor on your smartphone or computer.

  • Pick up a prescription to treat laryngitis.

    Step 3

    Pick up a prescription to treat laryngitis.

    We can send prescriptions to any local pharmacy,

Laryngitis treatment pricing details

How pricing works

To request laryngitis treatment and get a new or refill on your prescription, join our monthly membership and get discounted visits

Paying with insurance

Membership

$14.99/month

First month free

First visit

Copay

For all visits

30 days of free membership

  • Same-day appointments 7 days a week
  • Unlimited messages with your 24/7 Care Team
  • Prescription discount card to save up to 80%
  • Exclusive discounts on lab tests
  • Free memberships for your family
  • Cancel anytime

Visit price with insurance

Often the same as an office visit. Most patients with in-network insurance pay $30 or less!

  • We accept these insurance plans and many more:
    • Humana
    • Aetna
    • United Healthcare

Paying without insurance

Membership

$14.99/month

First month free

First visit

$129

Repeats only $69

30 days of free membership

  • Same-day appointments 7 days a week
  • Unlimited messages with your 24/7 Care Team
  • Prescription discount card to save up to 80%
  • Exclusive discounts on lab tests
  • Free memberships for your family
  • Cancel anytime

Visit price without insurance

Initial visits are $129 and follow-ups are only $69 for active members.

Book an appointment

If we're unable to treat you, we'll provide a full refund.

Learn about laryngitis

Laryngitis is an inflammation of the larynx. The larynx is a hollow muscular organ between the throat and the lung. It holds the vocal cords in humans and is also known as the voice box. Normally, the larynx opens and closes smoothly. However, when it becomes inflamed or swollen from overuse, irritation, or infection, the sounds that pass through it can become distorted. The resulting voice sounds weak or hoarse.

The two types of laryngitis are Acute and Chronic. The majority of cases of laryngitis are acute, which means temporary or short-term, with the symptoms going away after the underlying cause improves. Chronic laryngitis is defined as “having laryngitis for more than three weeks,” suggesting exposure to irritants over time as the cause.

Laryngitis causes

Laryngitis causes vary depending on whether the condition is acute (short term) or chronic (long term). Causes of both acute and chronic laryngitis are explored below.

  • Acute Laryngitis

    • Vocal strain – due to yelling, singing or overuse
    • Viral infections (viral laryngitis) – typically upper respiratory infections that can affect the vocal cords
    • Bacterial infection – not common

  • Chronic laryngitis

    • Constant inhalation of airborne irritants (e.g. smoke, chemical fumes, allergens); firsthand and secondhand smoke can also be causes
    • Acid reflux, also called gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), in which the stomach acid backs up into the esophagus.
    • Heavy drinking
    • Cancer
    • Persistent overuse of your voice (e.g. singers, public speakers)
    • Vocal cord paralysis that is due to health conditions such as nerve injury from neck surgery or nerve disorders

  • Laryngitis medication

    In some cases, over-the-counter and prescription medications can be used in conjunction with rest and fluids to assist with recovery.

  • Over-the-counter pain relievers

    You may be able to take pain relievers such as acetaminophen, naproxen, or ibuprofen for pain management during the recovery period.

  • Corticosteroids

    Doctors can prescribe corticosteroids to help reduce swelling and inflammation.

  • Antibiotics

    Doctors will only prescribe antibiotics if the cause is a bacterial infection and not a viral infection.

  • How to prevent laryngitis

    Some lifestyle adjustments can be made to prevent laryngitis. Examples include:

    • Staying hydrated and drinking lots of fluids
    • Avoiding alcohol and limiting caffeine consumption
    • Avoiding spicy foods
    • Avoiding smoking
    • Avoiding situations which involve yelling or making high pitched sounds unnecessarily

    When to see a doctor for laryngitis

    Typically, laryngitis is temporary, short-term, and goes away with home rest and hydration. For chronic hoarseness lasting longer than two weeks, talk with your healthcare provider to explore chronic laryngitis and the potential underlying health conditions.

    However, one may need immediate medical attention if the laryngitis symptoms are accompanied by:

    • Persistent fever
    • Increasing pain
    • Coughing up blood
    • Difficulty breathing

    Related conditions to laryngitis

    • Flu
      • While some symptoms may be similar, laryngitis actually happens when you have an infection from a virus, such as the flu.
    • Cold
      • Having a cold can lead to contracting laryngitis, while still having similar symptoms that linger.
    • Tonsillitis
      • Tonsillitis is a contagious infection that includes laryngitis as a symptom. 
    • Pharyngitis
      • Laryngitis can be confused with pharyngitis. Pharyngitis is the inflammation of the pharynx, also commonly known as a sore throat.
    •  Upper respiratory infection
      • If the laryngitis is due to upper respiratory infection, the infection can potentially spread to the rest of the respiratory tract.

     

  • How to treat laryngitis

    Acute laryngitis symptoms typically go away on their own without treatment. During the recovery period. rest your voice and drink plenty of fluids.

    For chronic laryngitis symptoms, the goals are focused on treating the underlying causes, such as smoking, heartburn, or excessive drinking.

    Medications can also be used to support the recovery process.

    Laryngitis symptoms

    Acute laryngitis symptoms are temporary, lasting less than two weeks or so. Chronic laryngitis symptoms can last longer. Symptoms include:

    • Feeling ticklish in the throat
    • Hoarseness
    • Sore throat
    • Dry throat or cough
    • Voice loss

  • Laryngitis treatment FAQs

    • What is the best laryngitis treatment?

      For most acute laryngitis cases, self-care, such as resting your voice and drinking plenty of water, is the best course of action. Patients can expect their larynx / vocal cords to recover in a few weeks. For chronic vocal cord infection, it is best to consult medical professionals to get laryngitis diagnosed and determine if underlying health issues may be causing persistent vocal cord inflammation.

    • What is the best medicine for laryngitis?

      There is no specific medicine for the treatment of acute laryngitis. Over-the-counter pain relievers can be taken for pain management. Prescription corticosteroids can also help reduce inflammation. If a laryngitis diagnosis reveals that a bacterial infection caused the inflammation, then antibiotics may be prescribed.

    • How long does it take to recover from laryngitis?

      You can typically expect to recover from laryngitis in a week or so, with adequate voice rest and enough hydration. If the symptoms of laryngitis last longer, it may be indicative of underlying health conditions or illnesses. Talk to a doctor to get a proper diagnosis and an effective treatment plan.

    • Do you need an antibiotic for laryngitis?

      Typically, laryngitis is caused by viral infections, so antibiotics are not effective and unnecessary. However, in cases where bacterial infections are the cause, the doctor can prescribe antibiotics that target the bacterial infections after a medical consultation.

    • Is laryngitis contagious?

      Laryngitis can be contagious if it is caused by an infection. However, it is important to note that not all cases of laryngitis are caused by infections, and therefore they are not all contagious.