Can food poisoning cause laryngitis?
June 19, 2006 6:25 PM Subscribe
Is it a coincidence that I have gotten laryngitis along with a mild case of food poisoning?
posted by litlnemo to health & fitness (14 answers total)
I went to a an outdoor event with a potluck dinner on Saturday. The event started before noon, and the dinner was at 5pm. So everyone who brought food had to keep it cold, if necessary, for several hours. (I brought smoked salmon, which I kept unopened in the package in a cooler. The cooler did seem cool enough when I got the salmon out later in the day.)
The food was tasty. About 8 or 9 hours later the symptoms of intestinal distress began to kick in, with some lightheadedness. (No vomiting, at least... I hate vomiting!) I spent the next day feeling verrrrry uncomfortable, if you know what I mean. Seems pretty likely that someone might not have been following all the rules of food safety. But I started to feel better in the evening and today the worst is over, though I still feel under the weather, understandably. Probably no need to bother a doctor over it, unless it takes a U-turn for the worse.
But. While the first food poisoning symptoms were kicking in, I noticed that I was a bit hoarse. By yesterday evening my voice was almost gone. Today... well, it's gone. My throat isn't particularly sore... unless I try to talk, but that's obviously not a good idea. My understanding is that this is just laryngitis, and I should treat it at home unless it lasts more than a few days. That's fine, I guess.
But what I am wondering is if this is likely to be coincidental, or if there is any reason why I would have developed this simultaneously with the food poisoning? Is this something that indicates I should actually see a doctor more urgently than otherwise? Because with either acute laryngitis or mild food poisoning I wouldn't normally see a doctor unless it lasted a while or caused severe pain, etc. (Obviously if it is an infection rather than food poisoning I guess there could be throat issues. But I've never had anything like this -- if I had an upper respiratory infection, I feel like I'd know it because as an asthmatic, I'm pretty darn familiar with those. This feels different. Not the usual sore throat that you get with the respiratory infection.)
I do not typically get laryngitis (I can't remember the last time I had it), but I have had strep throat within the last year (much different -- more painful and felt more like flu), and I frequently have some hoarseness (but much milder -- just a bit of a roughness in the voice, nothing at all like the feeling of this laryngitis) as a side effect of the Advair I am taking.
Could this actually be an allergic reaction of some sort, perhaps? I don't have any outright "food allergies" that I have had confirmed, but I do seem to have some issues with lavender, rosemary, and roses as possible asthma triggers; this particular potluck was one at which it's possible some of those ingredients might have been around, but I don't know for sure.
(Disclaimer: I know you're not my doctors and if either the food poisoning or the laryngitis changes for the worse I will see a real local doctor ASAP.)