In college I took a public speaking class which involved giving many different presentations in front of the class. I was exciting about taking this class and learning how to be a great public speaker. That semester became a challenging one for me because I had chronic laryngitis. Chronic laryngitis is when there is a serious inflammation of a person’s vocal chords. Everyone temporarily has laryngitis at some point in his or her life, which usually lasts no more than a week. Mine was lasting more than a few weeks. It became so bad that I would miss my opportunity to talk in my public speaking class. Most people get chronic laryngitis from smoking, drinking alcohol, being around toxic chemicals, singing a lot, being around dusty areas and having acid reflux disease. I couldn’t pinpoint what exactly was the cause of my chronic laryngitis.
The symptoms of chronic laryngitis can vary for each person. Some of my symptoms were coughing, loss of voice, sometimes a rough voice, a feeling that something is constantly in my throat and a light pain in swallowing. Other symptoms that a person may have is mucus discharge, runny nose, desire to clear throat and a raspy voice.
I was afraid that my grades would be affected so I decided to go see a doctor. When I saw the doctor he gave me a physical, asked a series of questions and checked my throat. The throat check up is not your normal open your mouth and let me shine a light down it. He used a special tube and a mirror to view far down in my throat. The procedure is painless but uncomfortable. He told me since I had it for so long that it is considered chronic laryngitis. He told me it is difficult for him to determine how I got chronic laryngitis because the cause doesn’t come from the usual factors that cause chronic laryngitis. We both kind of decided it might be the cleaning agents that I used recently to clean the house. The doctor told me to rest my voice the next week and avoid using harsh cleaning agents. He also told me if it didn’t get better after a week he wants be to see a voice therapist who will help me to speak in a way that won’t damage my vocal chords permanently. The type of treatment you get really depends on what is causing the chronic laryngitis. For example, a smoker may want to get help in stop smoking. A person with acid reflux will want to stay away from acidity and spicy foods. They may also be recommending taking antacids. For me the simple treatment recommendation that the doctor gave me work. Within a week I got my regular voice back. I stopped using those harsh cleaning agents and I rested my voice by not speaking at all, which was hard.