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How To Get Hoarse Voice
Overuse: There are many causes of a hoarse voice. Voice overuse, misuse, viral infection, and reflux of acid from the stomach are the common causes. I am not sure what you are saying in your question. But i assume you are asking what can cause a hoarse voice. Constant clearing of the throat and frequent coughing can also cause a hoarse voice. If persistent see an ENT doctor. ...Read more
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
Unanswerable: Not enough data to answer. You should see your doctor. ...Read more
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
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
Voice rest: Hydrate well. Consider using a warm air vaporizer. Mix several teaspoons of honey into herbal tea with a squeeze of lemon juice. Or make tea with 2 tsp of marshmallow root bark per 1cup of hot water (steep in a covered pot for at least 5 minutes). Drink several times a day or as needed to relieve coughing. See a physician if your cough is not resolving, difficulty breathing or temp > 104. ...Read more
Sorry: Nothing. Some guys just have deeper voices than others. The singers that make the most money are the tenors! do you sing? ...Read more
Marshmallow Root: After antibiotics? Right? Saltwater gargles: mix 1 tsp salt in 8 oz warm water – gargle several times a day. Or gargle with aloe vera juice twice a day. Add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. Consider making tea with 2 tsp of marshmallow root bark per 1cup of hot water (steep in a covered pot for at least 5 minutes). Drink several times a day. ...Read more
NO guarantees: F you have a significantly sore throat w swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see your medical provider & get a strep throat test & culture. Saltwater gargles are very helpful. Mix a teaspoon of salt in 8 oz of warm water – gargle with this several times a day. You can gargle with aloe vera juice a couple of times per day. A mixture of chamomile tea with honey & a small amount of lemon juice is good. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Voice rest but check: It really depends on the cause. Huskiness usually means there is swelling or a change in the structure of the vocal cords. Alot of people i are in jobs that require constant talking, which could lead to nodule formation. Excessive strain can also contribute or swelling due to an irritant like acid reflux or smoking. Ver rarely, tumor can present with a change in the voice. Check it out with ent. ...Read more
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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