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Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders

Laryngitis Need a faster recovery

11/02/2011

Question:

I developed a upper respiratory cold or flu 2-3 days ago, resulting in partial laryngitis. I`ve conserved my voice as much as possible, but in less than 2 days I need to give three consecutive 8 hour lectures (24 hours total). Students are coming from as far as Asia, Oregon, Texas, etc. and no one else can take my place. What pro-active measures can I take now to improve my recovery so my laryngitis doesn`t return from the stress of lecturing?

Answer:

Maintaining good hydration would be helpful, ie drinking lots of fluids, and a brief course of systemic steroids, e.g a medrol pack, would help get through the demanding teaching schedule.

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Response by:

Allen M Seiden, MD Allen M Seiden, MD
Professor of Otolaryngology, Director of Division of Rhinology and Sinus Disorders, Director of University Taste and Smell Center, Director of University Sinus and Allergy
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati