Rihanna Cancels Concert In Boston: 5 Things To Know About Laryngitis

By iScienceTimes Staff on March 11, 2013 10:43 AM EDT

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Rihanna canceled Sunday's show in Boston due to a bout of laryngitis. (Photo: Creative Commons)

Rihanna canceled her Diamonds World Tour show in Boston this past weekend due to a case of laryngitis, and it has us wondering if the singer will be well enough for Tuesday's show in Baltimore.

The 25-year-old Grammy Award winner contracted laryngitis sometime after Friday's performance, after her doctor instructed her to take it easy, TMZ reported.

"I hate disappointing people that never ever let me down!! I'm so embarrassed about this! Thank you for your prayers and well wishes!" Rihanna tweeted on Sunday shortly after the announcement of her cancellation was released.

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But Boston fans can put down the pitchforks and torches; concertgoers have been told to keep their tickets because the show will be rescheduled.

While laryngitis may have Rihanna feeling under the weather, fans of hers can rest assured that the singer's voice is not permanently in jeopardy.

Here are five things to know about laryngitis which caused Rihanna to cancel Sunday's show:

1. Laryngitis is a swelling of the vocal chords, or larynx, and causes the voice to become raspy or hoarse.

2. Laryngitis can be short-term or long-lasting. For most people, laryngitis comes on quickly and lasts no more than two weeks.

3. Laryngitis is most commonly caused by a virus such as the cold or flu. Other causes include acid reflux, bacterial infection, allergies or overuse of the voice, like shouting at a sports event.

4. The main symptom of laryngitis is hoarseness of the voice. The voice will usually sound raspy, be deeper than normal or break now and then. Some people may lose their voice completely.

5. There is no easy treatment for the illness, since antibiotics are not likely to help. A humidifier can be used to soothe the scratchy feeling in the throat. Pain medicines and decongestants can help relieve the symptoms of an upper respiratory infection.

The best remedy for laryngitis is simply rest. No shouting, no talking and no singing.

TMZ also reported that Rihanna is scheduled to play her show in Baltimore on Tuesday, with no word if the singer will be sitting out her performance.

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