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How To Get 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
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
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
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How long shall we rest voice of 5 year old boy to treat hoarseness from one month ago and he get steroid for one week and it is still persist ?
Hoarseness : It is very difficult to to make a 5 yr old to rest his voice, teach him to speak softly, indicate needs by pointing or body language, warm fluids should help, if no improvement you should consult an ENT who might need to do laryngoscopy to visualize the vocal cords & diagnose the cause of hoarseness in you son. Good luck, I hope he gets better soon. ...Read more
Yesterday my voice was hoarse & today i can't talk - my dr says its laryngitis- how long does that last & what can I do to get my voice back? Help!
See below: Viral infectiions cause the majoritty of cases of acute laryngitis. Mycoplasma and chlamydophilia infectiions are also frequent causes. Treatment is generally symptomatic ie. Voice rest, use of antitussives to stop all coughing, analgesics and humidification. Antibiotics are generally not recommended. It usually resolves in less than 7 days. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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