What are the symptoms of laryngitis?

If you have laryngitis you may have a:

  • sore throat
  • hoarse voice and difficulty speaking
  • fever (a temperature of 38.5°C or higher)
  • headache
  • cough.

You can get laryngitis when you have a cold, flu (influenza), a throat infection or tonsillitis, so you may also have other symptoms, including:

  • a runny nose
  • swollen neck ‘glands’ (lymph nodes)
  • pain when swallowing
  • tiredness
  • aching limbs and joints.

How long will my symptoms last?

The symptoms of laryngitis start suddenly, and worsen over the next 2–3 days, but usually improve within a week. This is called acute laryngitis because it only lasts a few days.

If you have acute laryngitis, your voice will be affected and you may only be able to whisper or croak, or you may lose your voice altogether and be unable to talk. This can last for a week after your other symptoms have gone.

Read about how you can relieve the symptoms of laryngitis.