This is Dr. David
most laryngitis is caused by viral infection or voice strain.
if you start to develop fever or pus out of your tonsils then you should see a doctor to get a throat swab and throat culture to check for bacterial strep throat infection.
you should be gargling with warm salt water multiple times a day as well to help kill bacteria and viruses in the back of your throat.
I have been gargling with warm salt water and apple cider vinegar
I would skip the vinegar which can worsen your sore throat.
Ok. I also have a cough sometimes with phlegm (white or yellow) , but when should I expect my voice to recover?
your voice could take several more days to get better.
you can try using robitussin to help with your cough
if your cough gets worse, you should see a doctor and get a chest xray and sputum culture to check for pneumonia.
I have also read that in some cases the larynx may swell enough and create difficulties in breathing especially at night should I worry about that?
Robitussin needs prescription?
no, you should not be worried about breathing.
don't let your anxiety get out of control here.
robitussin is over the counter
you can buy it at your local drug store
ok Im trying to remain calm but of course I worry
yes of course.
because the cough causes some chest pains sometimes and when I cough or yawn the lower part of my throat (probably the larynx) aches
yes, that can happen.
and wanted to know if that is normal or reason to begin to worry
you should be taking your temperature once a day to check for fever.
if your sputum of your cough gets more yellow or green or foul odor, then you need to go see a doctor
if you start to have fevers over 38.5 celcius , then you should see a doctor.
I do, I have 36,6 degrees Celsius usually
that is fine and normal.
let me know if you have other questions.
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ok :) can I also take paracetamol for the throat pain or it won`t make any difference?
yes, you can take paracetamol
that will help.
you can also try cepacol throat sprays or throat lozenges to help your throat pain.
ask your chemist about Cepacol.
Thank you so much for your time and help. And I hope you have a happy new year Dr. David!
you are welcome
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