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What causes hoarseness?

What causes hoarseness?

Hoarseness: Hoarseness is caused by anything that irritates the vocal cords -- post-nasal drip, viral infection, polyps, screaming, singing, smoking, etc. -- voice rest is the treatment of choice -- persistent hoarseness needs to be evaluated by your physician, especially if you are a smoker. ...Read more

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Hoarse Voice (Definition)

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) ...Read more


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What does it mean when your voice is hoarse for over a week?

Borderline problem: If your voice problem last more than ~2 weeks, it's important to get to a voice specialist so that you don't do yourself any harm by trying to 'push through' the issue. We look with a special camera that guides our discussion and plan for helping you heal the voice. ...Read more

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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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11mth old hoarse and chesty with temperature?

11 month old fever: You can approach this in two ways: (1) if the baby is eating well and behaving like his normal self, just continue to watch him/her; (2) if the baby seems to have any difficulty in breathing or is eating less than usual or sleeping a lot more than usual, then s/he should be checked by a doctor. Also, if the fever is > 102o, it would be good to have the baby checked anyway. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for a hoarse throat?

What is the best treatment for a hoarse throat?

Voice rest: And salt water gargles and rest. If this is not a result of cheering for your team then it may be the start of a viral sore throat.Back to answer # 1:voice rest, warm saline gargles and personal rest. I'd also advise chicken noodle soup as well. If mom can prepare it you'll recover faster. ...Read more

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Are there any good treatments for hoarseness?

Yes: Treatments for hoarseness would depend on the cause. The first step would be getting an evaluation of your voice box. This can easily be done by an ear, nose and throat (otolaryngology) specialist. Once the cause is determined a treatment plan can be developed. ...Read more

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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

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How can I get rid of hoarseness of the throat?

How can I get rid of hoarseness of the throat?

Depends on the cause: Depends on what is causing the hoarseness. Hoarseness is a broad definition of an abnormality in voice quality. If it persists beyond 4 weeks, you should request an evaluation by an otolaryngologist (ENT) physician. ...Read more

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My mother has hypothyroidism for 10 years, age 50yr. Takes reg drug, she developing hoarseness of voice. On and off. Is it curable?

My mother has hypothyroidism for 10 years, age 50yr. Takes reg drug, she developing hoarseness of voice. On and off. Is it curable?

Depends: There many different causes of hoarseness. The most important thing is for her to bee seen by an ENT to ensure there is no growth on her vocal chords. Once a proper eval had been done, a diagnose can be made and only then can we discuss cure. Can't treat it unless you know what it is :). ...Read more

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Cortisone usually fixes hoarse voice I get a few times year. 7 days tablets hasn't this time. Is possible could be cancer symptom? What else could be

Cortisone usually fixes hoarse voice I get a few times year. 7 days tablets hasn't this time. Is possible could be cancer symptom? What else could be

See ENT: The cortisone was probably addressing some form of edema and/or inflammatory condition in your vocal cords. If you haven't responded to steroids again, you should see an ENT so the doctor can examine your vocal cords. The hoarseness could be due to other reasons such as scarring, cysts, bad voicing habits, and malignant and non malignant conditions. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how I can prevent a hoarse throat?

Don't overdo it: To prevent hoarseness, you need to drink plenty of fluids and this means water. Avoid dehydrating drinks such as caffeinated beverages and avoid antihistamines for allergies. Do not overdo it with talking or singing for prolonged periods. Do not clear your throat. If you have acid reflux, that needs to be treated with appropriate rx. ...Read more

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Son voice gets hoarse on and off for about a year ENT not concerned cause it doesn't stay hoarse and did no test. Said from over use is this right?

Most likely: In kids the most likely reason why the voice is abnormal is "overuse" or "improper use". The voice is best when powered by abdominal breathing and relaxation in the neck. All too often kids tense their necks when they speak causing tension in the voice box and leading to hoarseness. A speech therapist could be helpful in determining if that is your sons cause. ...Read more

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3yr old had hoarse voice for over a week today diagnosed w scarlet fevr after 3 days of fever & rash today started amox. Did we start loo late? Risks?

3yr old had hoarse voice for over a week today diagnosed w scarlet fevr after 3 days of fever & rash today started amox. Did we start loo late? Risks?

Timing needs: The rash of scarlatina will occur within 12-18 hours of the establishment of the rash causing strain of strep a. You have an estimated 9 days from first fever to begin abx treatment and still be in time to avoid progression to the systemic illness known as rheumatic fever, heart or CNS complications. It is not clear if early rx ever stops the occasional kidney issue with strep, ur ok. ...Read more

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Severe hoarseness when I wake up in the morning it’s going on2 weeks now?

Hoarseness: Does it improve during the course of the day or not? Do you smoke? Any one sick around you? Could be a variety of things causing your problem. Since I'm not there to interview or examine you, best you see your PCP if this is not improving. ...Read more

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What causes hoarseness?

Hoarseness: Hoarseness is caused by anything that irritates the vocal cords -- post-nasal drip, viral infection, polyps, screaming, singing, smoking, etc. -- voice rest is the treatment of choice -- persistent hoarseness needs to be evaluated by your physician, especially if you are a smoker. ...Read more

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How to reduce hoarseness?

Find the Cause: Hoarseness is a symptom, not a diagnosis. You must first diagnose the cause of the symptom to find the treatment for it. ...Read more

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Does yelling cause hoarseness?

Yes: Vocal abuse, like yelling or screaming can cause hoarseness. Chronic abuse can lead to vocal nodules, also known as singer's or screamer's nodules. ...Read more

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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

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What should I drink when I'm hoarse?

What should I drink when I'm hoarse?

Herbal tea: Each throat professional has their own particular favorite. I often recommend herbal tea with honey. ...Read more

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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?

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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What does it mean when your voice is hoarse for over a week?

Borderline problem: If your voice problem last more than ~2 weeks, it's important to get to a voice specialist so that you don't do yourself any harm by trying to 'push through' the issue. We look with a special camera that guides our discussion and plan for helping you heal the voice. ...Read more