Preventing laryngitis

As laryngitis is a viral infection and often occurs at the same time as a cold or other infection, there is no obvious way to prevent it.

However, making small changes to your lifestyle can help. These changes should include:

  • good personal hygiene (washing your hands before and after eating and after using the toilet),
  • avoiding people who are ill, particularly if you are prone to laryngitis,
  • not smoking,
  • avoiding irritants, such as smoke, particularly if you have a cold or other respiratory infection,
  • not clearing your throat as this can make your symptoms worse (try swallowing instead), and
  • raising your head off your bed with pillows when you are sleeping. This will protect your larynx from any acid reflux from your stomach during sleep.

Professional singers or people who regularly use their voice excessively are particularly prone to laryngitis. It is essential that they receive proper training so they do not damage or misuse their voice.

Last updated: 04 October 2011