With laryngitis, vocal cords become inflamed or irritated. The vocal cords swell, making the voice sound hoarse. Usually, laryngitis lasts a short time, called acute laryngitis. But sometimes it can last more than three weeks. This is known as chronic laryngitis.


Voice changes occur, including hoarseness or weakness. Voice loss is possible. The throat might be sore or feel dry.


Acute laryngitis usually gets better on its own within a week or so. With chronic laryngitis, treatment is aimed at the condition causing the laryngitis. Possible causes are heartburn, smoking or drinking too much alcohol.