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I have a cough and I've lost my voice, what do I have?

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The main cause of a cough is an upper respiratory tract infection and this is often due to a viral infection. This viral infection can then affect the larynx which is the ‘voice box’. This loss of voice is known as laryngitis.

Laryngitis typically takes a week to get over, there is no treatment for laryngitis and it will get better in time. Please consult with your General Practitioner if your cough and laryngitis persist longer than three weeks.

Answered by Health at Hand nurses.

 

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