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I have lost my voice and this morning i coughed up some hard green stuff. I try and cough anything else up but nothing. What should I do?

I have lost my voice and this morning i coughed up some hard green stuff. I try and cough anything else up but nothing. What should I do?

Stop "trying": You will cough when something is in the right place to bring it up. Forced attempts at cough can cause pain and small bleeding. Try using a vaporizer (steam best if no risk of burns to small kids / yourself) to moisturize air and loosen mucus (=green stuff) as well as help your vocal cords. See your dr if not improving in 2-3 days. ...Read more

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Voice Disorders (Definition)

Voice disorders include anatomic, infectious, inflammatory, and obstructive problems that interfere with the functioning ...Read more


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I have lost my voice without any pain in the throat what should I do.?

I have lost my voice without any pain in the throat what should I do.?

Several possibilties: At 37 years of age, it is unlikely that you have anything serious. Voice abuse, voice misuse, or overuse of the voice are possibilities. Reflux of acid from the stomach is a very common cause of loss of voice. The most important entity you want to rule out is a vocal fold paralysis. See an ENT doctor for a specific diagnosis. ...Read more

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I have lost my voice so i can't talk what would be the best way to try to get my voice back?

I have lost my voice so i can't talk what would be the best way to try to get my voice back?

Voice rest: If this happened along with a cold, then we think of acute laryngitis. There is no great way to get your voice back other than to avoid using your vocal cords as much as possible, and humidified air. Antibiotics are of little help (b/c mostly caused by virus). Systemic steroids (prednisone) are sometimes prescribed to public speakers or singers, but there are side effects. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Is it common to have laryngitis everytime I get a cold... I recently has Globus due to stress and now I have lost my voice for the 4th time this year?

Is it common to have laryngitis everytime I get a cold... I recently has Globus due to stress and now I have lost my voice for the 4th time this year?

Reflux?: See ENT or internist to rule out a severe case of gastroesophaheal reflux which can be asymptomatic except for recurrent bouts of sore throat. Heartburns, slow digestion, and bloating may be hints pointing to the diagnosis. A throat exam can tell you if the problem is reflux. Otherwise get checked for strep ...Read more

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I recently has Globus due to stress and now I have lost my voice 4 times this year, could this be anything sinister? No temp. I Vomit after food.

I recently has Globus due to stress and now I have lost my voice 4  times this year, could this be anything sinister? No temp. I Vomit after food.

Needs evaluation : See your doctor first, who may refer you to an ENT first for the globus and the history of voice loss. The frequent vomiting might be related, best wishes ...Read more

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I have a throat infection from a cold and I have lost my voice and it's very scary. What OTC medicine can I take to get my voice back. Pls help.

I have a throat infection from a cold and I have lost my voice and it's very scary. What OTC medicine can I take to get my voice back. Pls help.

Laryngitis: Avoid mouth breathing, talking, alcohol & smoking. One treatment is lemon tea consumed while still warm. Best to brew your own rather than resort to a packaged product with chemical additives that may irritate your throat. Tannic acid in tea will soothe a sore throat, while lemon removes excess mucus and phlegm. Inhale steam, with fresh mint leaves, a few drops of eucalyptus oil, or freshly ...Read more

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I need to know whether I need to go to the ER or not. I Have been sick for 8-9 days and I have taken all kinda medicines and nothings helping. I have a severe cough and I have lost my voice, had fever, this constant sweat, I can't breathe, I feel like I'

I need to know whether I need to go to the ER or not.  I Have been sick for 8-9 days and I have taken all kinda medicines and nothings helping. I have a severe cough and I have lost my voice, had fever, this constant sweat, I can't breathe, I feel like I'

Go to ER...: if you are short of breath, you need to go to the ER and get evaluated. There are many possible causes of the symptoms you are describing but difficulty breathing is potentially serious so go to the ER so you can get diagnosed and treated. Good luck!! ...Read more

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I have lost my voice but don't have a sore throat! what medication do I need?

I have lost my voice but don't have a sore throat! what medication do I need?

You probably: have acute laryngitis, assuming you have no other problems. There is no medicine that would help. It will take 2 weeks to resolve. You can help with absolute voice rest and humidifying air. If it persists, see your doctor because it could be something more serious. ...Read more

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After a few days of runny nose and body aches I have lost my voice. What should I do? No access to doc now

After a few days of runny nose and body aches I have lost my voice. What should I do? No access to doc now

Fluids & rest: A runny nose, body aches and laryngitis sound typical for flu symptoms. Since flu's are due to viral infections and thus can't be treated with antibiotics, treatment is aimed at alleviating symptoms and maintaining the immune system. The latter includes fluids, hand washing, a multivitamin, and rest. One should seek the assistance of their doctor if the symptoms do not improve, or worsen. ...Read more

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I have these red bumps in my throat and sone at the very back of my tongue. It is causing SEVERE pain,and I have lost my voice?

I have these red bumps in my throat and sone at the very back of my tongue. It is causing SEVERE pain,and I have lost my voice?

Acute laryngitis?: See your doctor ASAP. These symptoms do not sound good, are not normal, and you may be playing with fire here if your throat starts swelling up too. Have it checked immediately so you can get immediate pain relief and determine the cause of your condition. You didn't state the history, which will determine what's really going on. Must be examined in person. ...Read more