Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Laryngitis Home Care

Home care for laryngitis includes:

Laryngitis Pain and Fever Adults

Medications commonly used to control pain and fever in adults with laryngitis include:


Acetaminophen
  • Acetaminophen decreases fever and pain, but does not help inflammation.
  • Adult dosing is 2 regular strength (325 mg) every 4 hours or 2 extra-strength (500 mg) every 6 hours.
  • Maximum dose is 4,000 mg per day.
  • Avoid this drug if you have alcoholism, liver disease or an allergy to the drug. See the package instructions.
  • Common brand names include Tylenol, Panadol, and many others.

Aspirin

Ibuprofen

Naproxen

Ketoprofen

NSAID Precautions

Laryngitis Pain and Fever Children

Common medications used at home for pain and fever in children with laryngitis include:


Aspirin and most of the other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) are not used in children except under a doctor's care.

Acetaminophen
  • Acetaminophen decreases fever and pain, but does not help inflammation.
  • Dosing is 10-15 mg per kilogram (5-7 mg per pound) of body weight every 4-6 hours, up to the adult dose.
  • Do not exceed the maximum daily dose.
  • Acetaminophen products come in various strengths. Always follow the package instructions.
  • Avoid this drug in children with liver disease or an allergy to acetaminophen.
  • Common acetaminophen products include Tylenol, Panadol and many others.

Ibuprofen

Naproxen

Laryngitis Sore Throat in Adults

Home care for a sore throat in an adult with laryngitis includes:

  • Avoid alcohol.
  • Avoid citrus juice.
  • Avoid hot and spicy foods.
  • Stop smoking
  • Avoid exposure to secondary smoke
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Perform warm salt water gargles several times a day. Mix 1/2 teaspoon (92.5 ml) salt per cup (240 cc) of water.
  • Place a vaporizer or cool mist humidifier in the bedroom at night.
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain
  • Acetaminophen for pain
  • Use throat spray or lozenges.

Laryngitis Sore Throat in Children

Home care for a sore throat in a child with laryngitis includes:

  • Avoid citrus juice.
  • Avoid hot and spicy foods.
  • Avoid exposure to secondary smoke.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Perform warm salt water gargles several times a day. Mix 1/2 teaspoon (92.5 ml) salt per cup (240 cc) of water.
  • Place a vaporizer or cool mist humidifier in the bedroom at night.
  • Take acetaminophen or ibuprofen for pain.
  • Use throat spray or lozenges.

Laryngitis Warning Signs

Notify your doctor if you have laryngitis and any of the following:

Continue to Laryngitis Prevention

Last Updated: Mar 7, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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