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Why i have lost weight in my face?

Why i have lost weight in my face?

Facial wasting: Can be a side effect of medication, malnourishment and systemic illness. Full history and physical evaluation will be helpful ...Read more

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Voice Disorders (Definition)

Voice disorders - "voice quality, pitch, and loudness differ or are inappropriate for an individual's age, gender, cultural background, or ...Read more


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I feel that I can't think. I have lost my apetite.my head feel cold. My vision is weird too. Am I having a stroke? I lost my apetite too.

I feel that I can't think. I have lost my apetite.my head feel cold. My vision is weird too. Am I having a stroke? I lost my apetite too.

Unlikely: Why don't you see a doctor and have this issue evaluated properly. Asking a doctor over the internet who cannot examine you or order imaging studies is a waste of time. ...Read more

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After intubation, I have become hoarse and have lost my normal voice. What to do?

After  intubation, I have become hoarse and have lost my normal voice. What to do?

Depends : If it has been only a few days give it some time, if it has been a week or more you need to see an ENT doctor for a fiberoptic laryngoscopy. This in office procedure will look at your vocal cords and determine exactly what is going on. ...Read more

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Why do I have hoarseness in my voice?

Why do I have hoarseness in my voice?

Many reasons: But the underlying problem is something affecting the vibration of your vocal cords. The vocal cords are like two strands of a rubber band. When they don't vibrate well, you will have hoarseness. This can be due to inflammation (reflux, allergies), infection, poor technique leading to fatigue, smoking, nodules, polyps, cysts, etc. If hoarseness persists, you should see an ent. ...Read more

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Why i never lose my voice?

Why i never lose my voice?

Perhaps: you treat your vocal cords nicely (i.e. not screaming) & perhaps when you have had viral infections they didn't go straight for your larynx. Consider yourself lucky. I was a cheerleader in high school - and typically had lost my voice by the time I had to sing in church choir on Sunday mornings. Avoid voice strain. ...Read more

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I have pain in my back everytime inhale or move. I have recently lost my voice and been coughing a lot. Help?

I have pain in my back everytime inhale or move. I have recently lost my voice and been coughing a lot. Help?

Back pain with cough: You have a muscle strain from coughing. It hurts when you use those accessory muscles to breathe. You have lost your voice because you have a virus that has caused your vocal folds to swell. When the vocal folds swell, they do not meet as well in the midline. There is a leak of air and then your voice sounds hoarse. If you are coughing colored secretions, you need antibiotics. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have lost my hearing in one ear?

I have lost my hearing in one ear?

Get a hearing test: If this happened acutely it is likely you have fluid in your middle ear that is interfering with your hearing. Less likely, it could be a true one-sided hearing loss due to a neurologic problem. Get an audiology exam - many hospitals do these for free. If it is abnormal, follow up with an "ent" specialist - an otolaryngologist. ...Read more

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I lost my voice because of bronchitis so how do I get my voice back?

I lost my voice because of bronchitis so how do I get my voice back?

Rest...: Rest your voice as much as possible by not raising your voice, etc. Also, drink plenty of fluids. Avoid straining your voice. It will return in a few days. If it doesn't, you need to see your doctor. ...Read more

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I have had my ears shringed and now I have lost my earing in my right ear. can you give me a reason for that?

I have had my ears shringed and now I have lost my earing in my right ear. can you give me a reason for that?

Hearing or Ear-ring?: Not sure where you ear ring would be but if it is you hearing you could have a perforated tympanic membrane? Not much to do about it as it will heal but you doctor can take a look ...Read more

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Lost my voice 3 weeks ago I have most back but still have no singing voice and can't scream. Should I see a doctor?

Lost my voice 3 weeks ago I have most back but still have no singing voice and can't scream.   Should I see a doctor?

Yes: Any type of voice disturbance that lasts longer than 2 weeks should be evaluated with laryngoscopy to get a proper look at your vocal cords. It may end up being just residual inflammation that needs more time for healing, but you should have it evaluated to be sure there isn't something more serious going on with your voice. ...Read more

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I have lost my voice but no pain. Just a dry throat.

I have lost my voice but no pain.  Just a dry throat.

Give it a few days : Are you feeling unwell - recent viral infection. Acid reflux? Have you raised/strained your voice singing recently? Give it a few days ...Read more

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I have a dry cough, somewhat of a sore throat and i've lost my voice. It's been 4 days now since i lost my voice. Should i go see a doctor?

I have a dry cough, somewhat of a sore throat and i've lost my voice. It's been 4 days now since i lost my voice. Should i go see a doctor?

Viral infection: The combination of sore throat, hoarseness, and dry cough are almost always due to a viral infection and antibiotics are not effective for these infections. If symptoms persist a throat and chest exam along with a throat culture would be advisable. ...Read more

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I lost my virginity and now have stomach pains. What should I do?

I lost my virginity and now have stomach pains. What should I do?

Dont woory: Relax. This is anxiety. You can take valium 10 mg, one or half tablet at night for 2 weeks. You will be alright. ...Read more

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I got over a sinus flu/cold and now im losing my voice?

I got over a sinus flu/cold and now im losing my voice?

Laryngitis: 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 soreness. Gargling twice a day with aloe vera juice is also very beneficial. ...Read more

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I cant hear from my left ear.my audiogram showed profound deafness in my left ear. I am worried that have I lost my hearing permanently?

I cant hear from my left ear.my audiogram showed  profound deafness in my left ear. I am  worried that  have I lost my hearing permanently?

Deafness: Recommend you see an ear specialist ( an ENT doctor) to determine the cause of your deafness and treatment. ...Read more

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I have had a sore throat and been coughing for the past few days, then totally lost my voice yesterday. How do I get my voice back quickly?

I have had a sore throat and been coughing for the past few days, then totally lost my voice yesterday.  How do I get my voice back quickly?

Fluid + voice rest: Seemingly u got laryngitis, often from viral illness and resolves on its own. The virus/coughing inflammed the vocal cords, hence the hoaresness. Warm fluids, voice rest (cord rest), motrin, cough meds etc..For a few days..If u need to talk, don't whisper because whispering actually worsens it--it vibrates vocal more. So, rest your voice.. If lasting more then 1-2 wks, consult doc.. Good luck. ...Read more

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Hi! since I have had my little girl i seem to be losing a lot of my hair what can I do..

Hi!  since I have had my little girl i seem to be losing a lot of my hair what can I do..

Hair loss: Post partum hair loss may be normal as your hormones return to normal, but check with your doctor to rule out thyroiditis. ...Read more

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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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I have lost my voice but no pain. Just a dry throat.

Give it a few days : Are you feeling unwell - recent viral infection. Acid reflux? Have you raised/strained your voice singing recently? Give it a few days ...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 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 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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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 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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I have lost my voice, but there is no sore throat or fever.

I have lost my voice, but there is no sore throat or fever.

Probable viral: laryngitis: voice rest, warm water gargles, zinc lozenges like Cold-Eze or Zicam, dark brown honey on a spoon or in tea. ...Read more

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I have been suffering since Monday with sinus congestion, feeling lethargic, stuffy/running nose, sore ears and today I have lost my voice

I have been suffering since Monday with sinus congestion, feeling lethargic, stuffy/running nose, sore ears  and today I have lost my voice

You sound sick.: This could be a sinus infection or even the flu. You may require treatment. You need to visit your PMD or consult with one of us on HealthTap. ...Read more

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I have white spots on my swollen tonsils My ears hurt i have a bad cough and i have lost my voice My tonsils aren't swollen anymore but cough is worse?

I have white spots on my swollen tonsils My ears hurt i have a bad cough and i have lost my voice My tonsils aren't swollen anymore but cough is worse?

Mycoplasma infection: With history of tonsillar swelling, loss of voice and now a worsening cough, it would be wise to visit your doctor. While this could be a viral infection, your symptoms are bothersome for a possible Mycoplasma infection. Additionally, it would not be improbable for this to be strep throat complicated by bronchitis--also something not to be taken lightly. Call your doctor for an appointment today. ...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

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I went to the dr about 2 wks ago and was given a steroid shot and a z pack but my sore throat has returned and I have lost my voice again as well.....

I went to the dr about 2 wks ago and was given a steroid shot and a z pack but my sore throat has returned and I have lost my voice again as well.....

Otolaryngologist: Your symptoms are likely NOT infectious in nature, therefore antibiotics will likely have little or no long-term benefit.

Please get a thorough evaluation from an otolaryngologist ...Read more

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I have lost my voice for two months. it started with pharyngitis. my tooth was extremely sore too. A few weeks ago... I found out my tooth was abscessed. It was removed yesterday and I was given antibiotics? Will my voice come back? Is it likely the infec

I have lost my voice for two months. it started with pharyngitis. my tooth was extremely sore too. A few weeks ago... I found out my tooth was abscessed. It was removed yesterday and I was given antibiotics? Will my voice come back? Is it likely the infec

Possibly: I don't believe that the two incidences are related. However, never say never. Connections, relations and influences may not be understood at this time. Your voice may return to normal since the infection is under control. Inflammation can be disrupt or alter the sound of voice. If not call your MD for a referral. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have totally lost my voice 3 times in the past 6 months. What causes that?

Aphonia: Greetings. Recurring episodes of complete loss of voice should be evaluated by your ENT physician. Viral laryngitis is a common cause. A vocal cord nodule, polyp or lesion could also be causing the problem. A video stroboscopic evaluation may be recommended. Good Luck. ...Read more

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I have pain in my back everytime inhale or move. I have recently lost my voice and been coughing a lot. Help?

Back pain with cough: You have a muscle strain from coughing. It hurts when you use those accessory muscles to breathe. You have lost your voice because you have a virus that has caused your vocal folds to swell. When the vocal folds swell, they do not meet as well in the midline. There is a leak of air and then your voice sounds hoarse. If you are coughing colored secretions, you need antibiotics. Good luck! ...Read more