Can you Get Laryngitis when you Are Around Cigarette Smoke?


Asked by chrissy

Is Is Possible To Get Laryngitis When You Are Around Cigarette Smoke?

Since the beginning of this year I have had laryngitis two times. Both times after being exposed to a heavy dose of second hand smoke. Could the second hand smoke be the cause of the laryngitis and what do you suggest to help.


It's possible. Laryngitis may result from a local infection of the larynx (voice box). Or it might be a the result of another, more serious underlying disorder, such as pneumonia or tuberculosis. It may also come from excessive strain on the vocal cords -- like after doing a lot of yelling, cheering, singing, or public speaking.

Postnasal drip, allergies, or inhalation of smoke fumes, or caustic chemicals can irritate the larynx and cause inflammation too.

So, it's possible that the cigarette smoke contributed to the inflammation that led to your laryngitis.

In general, it's a good idea to avoid smoking (and second-hand smoke) as much as possible because of the well-documented dangers of cigarette smoke.

As for the laryngitis, it tends to go away on its own in a few days. But here are some tips for treating laryngitis in the mean time:

  • Don't whisper. Whispering puts greater strain on the vocal cords than normal speaking

  • Inhale steam from a bowl of hot water or from a warm shower

  • Drink warm, soothing liquids (but not alcoholic beverages)

  • Try a cool-mist humidifier; avoid air conditioning

  • Use nonprescription pain relievers and throat lozenges to ease the discomfort

Be sure to check with your doctor, though, to make sure that an infection or some other underlying condition isn't causing the laryngitis.

Good luck!

You should know: The answer above provides general health information that is not intended to replace medical advice or treatment recommendations from a qualified healthcare professional.