Laryngitis sicca is a condition in which the tissues of the larynx become very dry. Crusting develops over the surface of the larynx and vocal folds. Tobacco smoke, dehydration, and pollution may contribute to this condition.
Evaluation for laryngitis sicca involves laryngoscopy and stroboscopy. There is a characteristic appearance to the vocal folds that may be noted.
How is laryngitis sicca managed?
Laryngitis sicca is a difficult condition to manage. Stopping smoking and increasing hydration may help. If there are lesions which appear to be cancerous a microlaryngoscopy with biopsy may be indicated. Despite treatment, some individuals unfortunately may not get better.