Laryngitis and Sore Throat: The Solution You Never Thought About

Immune system
13 November 2023
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Making through the winter without a sore throat is a challenge for many people. What causes laryngitis and what can be done? We’ve gathered all the most important questions and answers regarding laryngitis and sore throat. Read the entire article.

For many of us, getting through the winter without a sore throat is a real challenge. Sounds familiar? That’s why we’re gathered the most important questions and answers regarding laryngitis, severe sore throat and their treatment that you might not know yet.

Severe laryngitis – how can we know why it’s caused?

In case there is a severe sore throat and in order we know why they were caused, we have to have a differential. You should have a throat culture in a clinic in order to know whether the infection is bacterial or viral. The sample is taken from the back of the throat and is sent to a lab in order to find any Streptococcus A germs. In case the test comes out positive, that virus is what causes the laryngitis, and in case it comes back negative, most chances the sore throat is caused by a viral infection. It’s important to note that sore throat isn’t always caused by an infection. There are other reasons, such as reflux, allergies, dryness and more. It’s important to see a doctor, get checked out and diagnose the cause.

What’s more common, bacterial or viral laryngitis?

Bacterial infections cause laryngitis or tonsillitis in less than a third of the cases, with the main germ causing bacterial laryngitis being Streptococcus A. the cause for the laryngitis is a virus in most cases. A diagnosis should ne done anyway, to prevent any possible complications since a bacterial laryngitis is caused by Strep A infection requires antibiotics to prevent any possible complications that might develop for lack of treatment.

How can I tell if it’s a bacterial or viral infection?

There’s n one good way to differentiate without test results. The symptoms might be similar and so a throat culture is the best way to find out the source of the infection. Research has shown that even experienced doctors are having trouble differentiating between the two only by their symptoms.

Is laryngitis infectious?

The answer is yes. Whether laryngitis is caused by a bacterial or viral infection, it might be transferred between people in a droplet transmission, by spraying it while sneezing or coughing, touching it with one’s hands or using the same utensils cups. The risk of contracting laryngitis increases the more you’re with the patient in a closed, huddled place without any ventilation.

What is a viral laryngitis?

A viral laryngitis is a laryngitis caused by a virus and can be caused by different viruses. The virus penetrates the oral cavity mucosa, the larynx and tonsils and reproduces there. Viral infections are not treated by antibiotics, only in case of a bacterial infection and by doctor’s orders only. There are cases in which the doctor will recommend taking antibiotics for a viral infection in order to prevent a secondary bacterial infection.

I’ve contracted laryngitis, how long will it last?

Laryngitis can be short term and only last a few days and it can last longer, in some cases, depending on the reason for its development. An infectious bacterial or viral laryngitis mostly goes away within a few days, up to 2 weeks.

Some types of laryngitis reoccur, why is it?

Laryngitis is one of the most common reasons for which people turn to medical attention. Some of the people carry the Strep A germ and it tends repeat even after a full antibiotic treatment and recovery. As mentioned, the cause is mostly viral and there’s also a chance of recurrence there, since there are many common viruses that cause sore throat and laryngitis, especially in the transition seasons and winter.

Is there a natural solution to laryngitis and severe sore throat?

Studies have discovered a friendly bacteria called Streptococcus Salivarius (Blis K12), which is part of the natural oral cavity’s flora, and was proven efficient in its presence in the oral cavity and throat. That same unique probiotic strain was patented as BLIS® K12. Blis K12 has the ability to settle in the oral cavity and larynx, and its presence in the saliva in high levels contributes to its natural defense and the body’s ability to deal with viral infections and germs in the oral cavity and throat. According to studies, it was found that its presence might delay the thriving of disease-generating germs and viruses in the throat, such as Strep A, and decrease the chance for infections and laryngitis. Additionally, the Blis bacteria is also effective in treating bad breath (halitosis) that might be caused by a thriving of certain germs in the mouth and throat.


Is it good for kids or adults?

This is bacteria that was first discovered in kids but can also be good for adults. A new study has shown that using Blis® K12 provides the entire family with health benefits.

The study showed that using Blis® K12 reduced infections, laryngitis and tonsilitis by 90%, and even reduced ear infections by 40%!

Researchers said that using painkillers and antibiotics significantly decreased among those who took part in the study, along with a decrease in absents.

Should I take Blis® K12 only in winter or throughout the year?

People who suffer from repeating laryngitis or sore throat can add the probiotic bacteria Blis K12 permanently to their diet or in times when laryngitis are more frequent – during transition seasons and winter. It’s recommended to use especially after antibiotic treatment in order to contribute to the desired probiotic bacteria balance.


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