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Dr. Phil Zapanta
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Hoarse Voice (Overview)

Hoarseness is having difficulty producing sound when trying to speak, or a change in the pitch or quality of the voice. The voice may sound weak, very breathy, scratchy, or husky. Hoarseness is usually caused by a problem in the vocal cords. Most cases of hoarseness occur with swelling (inflammation) of the larynx (laryngitis).


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How to cure a hoarse voice fast?

How to cure a hoarse voice fast?

Rest: The less you speak, the better.
Make sure you don't smoke.
Treating reflux can help.

If this does not improve, please see an otolaryngologist and get a flexible scope exam.

I pray you feel better! ...Read more

Dr. Phil Zapanta
583 Doctors shared insights

Hoarse Voice (Overview)

Hoarseness is having difficulty producing sound when trying to speak, or a change in the pitch or quality of the voice. The voice may sound weak, very breathy, scratchy, or husky. Hoarseness is usually caused by a problem in the vocal cords. Most cases of hoarseness occur with swelling (inflammation) of the larynx (laryngitis).


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How can I treat a hoarse voice quickly?

Voice rest: If you a professional voice user (teacher or singer), voice rest for several days or a high dose of oral steroids may help. If the voice disorder lasts for more than 3 weeks, I would strongly advise you seeing a laryngologist to make a proper diagnosis. Most inflammations of the vocal folds are virus and it takes 7-10 days to resolve. There is not much you can do to alter the inflammation. ...Read more

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Can three days of coughing lead to a hoarse voice?

Can three days of coughing lead to a hoarse voice?

Yes: It can. Sometimes the source though is the lungs if you have bronchitis or asthma. If the cough persists see your doctor to check it out. ...Read more

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Hoarse voice for 2months now I can't sing properly?

Hoarse voice for 2months now I can't sing properly?

Aloe vera: Recommend otolaryngologist evaluate your larynx. Also consider gargling twice a day with aloe vera juice. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about ways to get a husky/hoarse voice?

Don't understand: I have seen this question now for a month and can not understand your question. In over 45 years of ENT practice, I have never been asked the question of how to develop a hoarse voice. Every patient with a hoarse voice wants to get a normal sounding voice. So I can not and will not answer this question unless you specifically tell me why you want an ABNORMAL voice. ...Read more

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What foods are best to eat when you have a hoarse voice?

Any!!: Hoarseness of the voice (dysphonia) is related to your voice box food should not affect it if you have a sore throat food with a soft consistency are preferred. ...Read more

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What would be a good way to take care of a hoarse voice?

It depends: There is no simple answer to this one without knowing the cause. If it is acute, a week or two, voice rest and liquids will likely result in improvement. If it has been of longer duration you need to be evaluated by an ENT docttor who can visualize your vocal cords and identify the cause. ...Read more

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My 8th month old son just got a hoarse voice this morning. Could it be that his voice is changing?

No: It could be due to excessive crying, or using his voice, nothing to worry, it's temporary. ...Read more

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Our baby seems to have a very hoarse voice for the past 4 days no other symptoms. She is quite normal otherwise. What would cause it? Thanks

Our baby seems to have a very hoarse voice for the past 4 days no other symptoms. She is quite normal otherwise. What would cause it? Thanks

Hoarseness of voice: Hoarseness of voice in children commonly caused by excessive screaming, crying, or coughing. Other causes include GERD, allergy or throat infection. Keep your baby properly hydrated and use humidified air. If the condition persist, consult a pediatrician. ...Read more

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Can smoking cause a hoarse voice?

Dysphonia: Yes, absolutely. It will cause vocal cord irritation and swelling as well as trauma due to cough and most importantly, will significantly increase your risk for laryngeal cancer. ...Read more

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Could pleurisy cause a hoarse voice?

Could pleurisy cause a hoarse voice?

Depends on cause.: If pleurisy is fron an infection then yes. If from just some inflammatroy cause to the lung pleura then usually not. Need to see your doctor if voice is not better. There could be issues on the vocal cords. ...Read more

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Is a hoarse voice normal after a tyroidectomy?

Depend on how long s: Voice changes expected following any surgical procedure, requiring general anesthesia ، this usually result from throat and laryngeal irritation from anesthesia tube (endotracheal tube), usually transient and last few days. In regard to thyroid surgery, specifically there is always risk of laryngeal nerve injury, which result in voice changes, this can be permanent or temporary. ...Read more

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So post thyriodectomy a hoarse voice isn't normal?

Is it persistent: If it is more then few weeks since thyroid surgery، recommend examination of voice box، return to your surgeon/otolaryngologist for such evaluation. ...Read more

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My 7 week old suddenly has a hoarse voice. It just started today. What's going on with her?

My 7 week old suddenly has a hoarse voice. It just started today. What's going on with her?

Swollen vocal cords: At that age she has either fussed herself into swollen vocal cords or got them in some other way. Some upper airway viruses or reflux can be triggers. At this age I would discuss it with her doc. ...Read more

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I've had a "hoarse" voice since April 2nd (when I was sick). I'm all better, but my voice is still hoarse... What might be the cause of that?

Hoarse Voice: Greetings. The most likely cause of your vocal changes is persistent swelling of your vocal cords. The cold is most commonly caused by a virus as is laryngitis. Give your voice a rest. Drink lots of liquids and avoid aggressive throat clearing. Ibuprofen is a good antiinflammatory that will help too. I assume you have no reflux and don't smoke. Rest assured your voice should recover just fine. ...Read more

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Hoarse voice and hard time breathing?

Hoarse voice and hard time breathing?

Cough, hard breathin: This could be very serious. Call your doctor to be seen today or go to walk in or ER. ...Read more

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Could you get rid of a chronic hoarse voice?

Hoarse: First go see an ENT for exam. No smoking, no alcohol, stop clearing throat, drink a lot of clear fluids, voice rest, no yelling ...Read more

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How can I get rid of a hoarse voice over night?

Sit up during sleep: Elevate your head to prevent worsening reflux if this is contributing to your hoarse voice. Voice rest is helpful, gargling with warm water, decongestants and antireflux medication (prevacid, prilosec, nexium, (esomeprazole) etc) will also help. Stay hydrated and avoid coughing which can strain the vocal cords. Use cough medication if necessary. See your doctor to rule out strep or contagious infections. ...Read more

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How can I make my hoarse voice better besides salt water?

How can I make my hoarse voice better besides salt water?

Voice rest and fluid: Common hoarseness of voice from laryngitis/voice abuse (such as screaming too loud/much at a football game) will resolve with time--simple therapy with jst warm fluid, voice rest will resolve the problem in few days. Motrin/aleve may help if you have too much discomfort etc...If not better in few days, consult doc...Good luck. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of an raspy hoarse voice in the mornings?

How do I get rid of an raspy hoarse voice in the mornings?

The nose knows: The most likely cause of transient vocal raspiness in the morning is due to collection of fluid in the back of the larynx (voice box) which in tern is often due to allergy. Another cause is esophageal reflux with the fluid getting into the throat. Antihistamines will help the former cause. Antacids will help the latter cause. ...Read more

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Hoarse voice, small cough little bit of mucus, what to do?

Hoarse voice, small cough little bit of mucus, what to do?

Hoarse: If greater than three weeks, have ENT take a look at your vocal cords. Otherwise voice rest, no smoking, no alcohol, drink a lot of clear fluids, no throat clearing ...Read more

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Hoarse voice 7 weeks no polyps or masses and no other symptoms?

Hoarseness: Hoarse voice can have many causes. At time it can persist after a cold. If hoarseness persists or last longer than 2-3 months then you should see your doctor to determine if there are other causes. Common causes of hoarseness may include allergy, acid reflux, voice abuse. If you are a voice professional (singer, frequent speaker) or smoker then ENT evaluation is essential. ...Read more

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Just had parathyroidectomy but still have hoarse voice, actually lost voice at first?

Just had parathyroidectomy but still have hoarse voice, actually lost voice at first?

Worrisome: You may have had an injury to the nerve that controls one of your vocal chords. You should see an ENT doctor to have him or her look at your voicebox. If the cord is not moving well chances are it will recover with time. ...Read more

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Had parathyroidectomy and got a hoarse voice (actually lost voice at first); how long to get the voice back?

Had parathyroidectomy and got a hoarse voice (actually lost voice at first); how long to get the voice back?

Nerve problem: During parathyroidectomy, there is risk to the nerve that controls the voice. It can suffer temporary or permanent injury. This will alter the sound of the voice as well as the effort required to make the sound. See a laryngologist for an examination and the best advice. Most of us will treat the voice and then watch you. After a year, don't expect function to return to normal. ...Read more

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I have hoarse voice and lose air on my last words in a sentence and my last words don't come out. My voice is deeper at times too?

I have hoarse voice and lose air on my last words in a sentence and my last words don't come out. My voice is deeper at times too?

Needs Evaluation: This may represent many different entities, the most of which are benign. Sometimes however a laryngeal malignancy could present in this way. See your physician to sort it out. ...Read more

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Ongoing/frequent hoarseness. Voice goes in and out thru out the day. I teach&sing in choir, been going on for months. Possible causes?

Strain v. polyps: Voice rest, warm fluids, honey, no smoking:
most imprtantly- see an ENT and have your vocal cords examined by flexivle nasophaygoscopy-asap. ...Read more

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Someone in my family has a hoarse voice and sometimes a dry cough but he coughs quite loudly when he does but then does not cough for long time after?

How long has the: Hoarseness been present? If a significant period of time (months to years)), he needs to be seen by ENT Dr. To be sure vocal cords are ok. ...Read more