Re: A cold or laryngitis and what does it mean?
Hi, and welcome to the boards...
Laryngitis literally means "inflammation of the larynx, or the "voice box". it is typically preceded by tonsillitis, but not always.
If left untreated, laryngitis morphs into bronchitis, or "inflammation of the bronchi", or air tubes to your lungs. This can quickly lead to pneumonia, which is potentially quite dangerous.
As a rule of thumb, any cough that lasts 10 days should be treated by a doctor. Right now, both you and your son need to be seen, but if any other family members have symptoms, even if minor...they should be treated too.
Our family had a recent experience with a similar situation. My teenage son came home from school with bronchitis, which he recovered from quickly. A few days later, I contracted the same symptoms, followed by my hubby. My hubby missed a week of work, but I ended up hospitalized with pneumonia two weeks later. I wouldn't wish that on anyone, take good care...
Last edited by writeleft; 07-14-2009 at 11:16 PM.