About Laryngitis: Making the Diagnosis
Laryngitis is often a symptom of some other health problem, so finding out its root cause is the first step to getting better. If your doctor finds no other health problems, knowing why your throat is inflamed means you can take steps to avoid getting laryngitis in the future. When hoarseness is accompanied by a weak voice and lasts more than two weeks, your doctor may want to do a test on your throat to rule out cancer, especially if you're a smoker. This test, called a laryngoscopy, can also show non-cancerous tumours or warts in the throat area.