OCCUPATIONAL DISEASE: Edited by Susan M. Tarlo and Piero MaestrelliOccupational aspects of irritable larynx syndromeDenton, Evea,b; Hoy, Ryana,b Author Information aRespiratory Medicine, Alfred Hospital bSchool of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia Correspondence to Eve Denton, Respiratory Medicine, Alfred Hospital, 55 Commercial Road, 3004, Melbourne, Australia. Tel: +61 3 9076 2000; e-mail: [email protected] Current Opinion in Allergy and Clinical Immunology: April 2020 - Volume 20 - Issue 2 - p 90-95 doi: 10.1097/ACI.0000000000000619 Buy Metrics Abstract Purpose of review The aim of this article is to provide an update on occupational aspects of irritable larynx syndrome (ILS). Recent findings It is being increasingly recognized that ILS is common amongst certain occupations. This is particularly true of occupations that require frequent voice use such as teachers; where there is exposure to workplace irritants such as World Trade Center responders; or mechanical factors that cause laryngeal dysfunction such as elite athletes. Work associated ILS impacts on quality of life but responds to speech and language therapy focusing on education, vocal hygiene, and laryngeal exercises that reduce cough and treat acute laryngeal obstruction episodes. Summary ILS may be caused or exacerbated by many occupational exposures, causes significant symptoms, and impacts on quality of life. It is potentially treatable and may well be preventable. More research in this important area is required. Copyright © 2020 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.