Philadelphia Ear, Nose and Throat Associates: PENTA

Laryngitis Treatments

  What other treatments may be used for laryngitis?

Steam inhalations deliver moisture and heat to the vocal folds and tracheobronchial tree and are often useful. Some people use nasal irrigations, although these have little proven value. Gargling also has no proven efficacy, but it is probably harmful only if it involves loud, abusive vocalization as part of the gargling process. Ultrasonic treatments, local massage, psychotherapy, and biofeedback directed at relieving anxiety and decreasing muscle tension may be helpful adjuncts to a broader therapeutic program. However, psychotherapy and biofeedback, in particular, must be supervised expertly if used at all.