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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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What does it mean when your voice is hoarse but your throat isn't sore?

What does it mean when your voice is hoarse but your throat isn't sore?

Vocal cord issue: Involvement of the larynx (voice box) usually includes the (true) vocal cords but other structures can be involved. Painless hoarseness can be caused by vocal cord paralysis, tumors, inflammation (including "singers nodes"), extrinsic laryngeal compression by masses (such as thyroid or esophagus). Pain or not, if it is persistent have an ENT exam. ...Read more

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Can a hoarse voice and swollen glands mean that I have a thyroid disorder? I've had this all of my life.

Can a hoarse voice and swollen glands mean that I have a thyroid disorder? I've had this all of my life.

Possibly: I would get evaluated. Many things can cause your symptoms: nodules on vocal cords, infections, tumors, nerve damage, or it just might be the "way you are." thyroid might be involved, but not necessarily. It might be good to have a laryngoscope or thyroid ultrasound if your history and physical exam warrant them. Hopefully you don't smoke or chew tobacco. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you have a sharp pain on the left side of your throat ? It's a sore throat and I have a hoarse voice

What does it mean when you have a sharp pain on the left side of your throat ? It's a sore throat and I have a hoarse voice

Virus: Likely a virus infection of throat or inflamed gland in neck due to your immune system fighting off infection. Could possibly be bacteria also. Will probably want to see your doctor. ...Read more

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My 7 week old suddenly has a hoarse voice. It just started today. What's going on with her?

My 7 week old suddenly has a hoarse voice. It just started today. What's going on with her?

Swollen vocal cords: At that age she has either fussed herself into swollen vocal cords or got them in some other way.Some upper airway viruses or reflux can be triggers.At this age I would discuss it with her doc. ...Read more

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Hoarse voice 7 weeks no polyps or masses and no other symptoms?

Hoarseness: Hoarse voice can have many causes. At time it can persist after a cold. If hoarseness persists or last longer than 2-3 months then you should see your doctor to determine if there are other causes. Common causes of hoarseness may include allergy, acid reflux, voice abuse. If you are a voice professional (singer, frequent speaker) or smoker then ENT evaluation is essential. ...Read more

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My voice has been hoarse for 3 weeks and feels like something is stuck in my throa. Help!

Multiple causes: You could have a vocal cord polyp or nodule, you could also have reflux disease which may be more likely. Even if you do have the former, conservative treatment is the same. Speak in a normal voice - no screaming or whispering. Try to drink enough water and reduce spicy or salty foods. Prilosec otc may help if taken for 4 - 6 weeks. If it continues see an otoloaryngologist for a laryngoscopy. ...Read more

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I lost my voice during a very bad cold that lasted for three weeks, now my voice is hoarse. What could this be? Is there any home remedies?

I lost my voice during a very bad cold that lasted for three weeks, now my voice is hoarse. What could this be? Is there any home remedies?

Laryngitis: See my tip on this. Try to rest your voice for about three days. Increase humidification in the bedroom, drink extra fluids, avoid shouting or raising your voice for about 2 weeks. This will allow the inflammation of your vocal cords to resolve. If you still have problems after instituting these measures for 2 weeks, see an ENT. ...Read more

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I choked on a carrot about 3-4 weeks ago and my voice got hoarse, and got better the next day. Could the carrot have caused permanent damage?

Did: You cough it out? It is unlikely to cause permanent damage. However if you have repeat of choking, a video swallow / or EGD or GI consult. ...Read more

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I have had loss of voice/hoarseness for 5 weeks white patches on vocal cords 2 doctors don't know what it is?

See ENT: 5 weeks with no voice and hoarseness, along with visible lesions on your vocal cords needs an ENT evaluation with possible biopsy of the lesion(s) to procure a diagnosis. Best wishes. ...Read more

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My 9 year old son has had a hoarse voice for about 6 weeks. What could be causing it and should we see a doctor?

Hoaseness for 6weeks: Any hoarseness of more than 3 weeks at any age should be checked by your doctor.The commonest cause of hoarse voice persisting more than 3 weeks is silent gastro esophageal reflux, there can be other causes even at age of 9, like polyps of vocal cord, overuse of voice in singers, and viral leryngitis
so see your doc or an ENT specialist. ...Read more

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Well i stoped smoking 3 weeks ago n it feels weird when i eat n drink n my voice is hoarse in the moring should i be worried ?

No: Sensory receptors are awakening, and secretions caused by the irritants are flowing better. Things will return to normal soon. Congratulations for quitting - it's the best thing you can do for your future health. ...Read more

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I've had a hoarse voice for over 3 weeks and there is a small lump on m y thyroid. Could this be related?

See ENT: Hoarseness may be due to either functional or organic causes. Absence of cold, hoarseness persisting for more than two weeks .This is especially important in risk factors for head and neck cancer (primarily tobacco and alcohol use), or worrisome coexistent symptomatology such as severe cough, hemoptysis, unilateral ear or throat pain, odynophagia, dysphagia, or weight loss ...Read more

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I have been waking up and hacking up a lot of yellow phlegm...My voice is hoarse and this has been going on for 2 weeks... What should I do?

I have been waking up and hacking up a lot of yellow phlegm...My voice is hoarse and this has been going on for 2 weeks... What should I do?

See your doctor!: You may have acute bronchitis. Most cases of acute bronchitis are caused by viruses, but are typically gone after two weeks. You may now have a superimposed bacterial infection.

Your physician can help determine if you need a chest x-ray, antibiotics, or just more time.

Other things that could cause your symptoms include untreated acid reflux and post-nasal drainage. ...Read more

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I had a 3 hour rotator cuff surgery 3.5 weeks ago. My voice has been hoarse and raspy since intubation. When will my voice return to normal?

I had a 3 hour rotator cuff surgery 3.5 weeks ago.  My voice has been hoarse and raspy since intubation.  When will my voice return to normal?

Soon: You had surgery with general anesthesia. Your voice is hoarse because of endotracheal intubation. It can take 3-4 weeks to return to normal but could be longer if you smoke or don't rest it enough. Remember the tube sat on your vocal cords during the entire surgery. If you are still bringing up mucus, have fevers, or notice wheezing call your regular doctors office. Be well. ...Read more

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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 ?

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

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My husband had carotid left side operation 4 weeks ago and he still has a very hoarse voice and he find speaking a sentence hard, will this rectify it?

My husband had carotid left side operation 4 weeks ago and he still has a very hoarse voice and he find speaking a sentence hard, will this rectify it?

Be seen: At this point i would expect some noticeable improvement so if it is very hoarse, let your surgeon know. But a visit to an ENT to check his vocal chords will be helpful. Sometimes, it does take longer than 6 weeks and even up to 6 months. The nerve that controls the vocal cords sometimes gets stretched and needs some time to recover. ...Read more

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What tests do I need to take to determine the cause of laryngitis? My voice has been hoarse for a few weeks and is not improving. If i go to the doctor to get it checked out, what type of doctor should I see and what kind tests do they perform? .

What tests do I need to take to determine the cause of laryngitis? My voice has been hoarse for a few weeks and is not improving. If i go to the doctor to get it checked out, what type of doctor should I see and what kind tests do they perform?

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Longstanding : Longstanding hoarseness is a concerning warning sign, particularly if you smoke. This condition is best evaluated by an ENT physician, though you may have to see your personal physician first to get a referral. Typically a physical examination will be done and most likely a direct visualization of your throat will be done using a small endoscope. You should have this evaluated as soon as possible. ...Read more

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My voice has been hoarse for a month now. No other symptoms. Saw my PC today and scheduled me to see an ENT this week. Nervous, is this serious?

My voice has been hoarse for a month now.  No other symptoms.  Saw my PC today and scheduled me to see an  ENT this week.  Nervous, is this serious?

The right approach: There are several causes for persistent hoarseness. May be caused by allergies, smoking, reflux, an upper respiratory infection, polyps or tumors of the vocal chords and vocal cord paralysis, amongst other things. Visiting an ENT doctor is a very wise step. Direct examination of the vocal cords is critical and can be performed in the office. This will provide the diagnosis in many cases. ...Read more

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Hoarseness in 5 year old boy 3 months ago which disappear after rest his voice for one week but when he get back talking his voice get hoarseness ?

Hoarseness in 5 year old boy 3 months ago which disappear after rest his voice for one week but when he get back talking his voice get hoarseness ?

Hoarse Voice : Hello Member933, I would recommend an evaluation with an Otolaryngologist (ENT) to assess his throat. He may need his throat and vocal cords visualized with a scope and camera to check for inflammation, abnormalities, or dysfunction of the vocal cords. For further Pediatric consults, my direct link is: healthtap.com/vanessanealmd at key code PNYTKV. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with bronchitis 3 weeks ago, then bronchial restriction and laryngitis 1 week ago. Still hoarse. How long should I rest my voice (teacher)?

Diagnosed with bronchitis 3 weeks ago, then bronchial restriction and laryngitis 1 week ago. Still hoarse. How long should I rest my voice (teacher)?

Bronchospasm...: As an episode of bronchitis resolves, you can develop bronchospasm which can account for at least some of your symptoms. Bronchodilator and steroid inhalers may be needed to help these symptoms resolve. It will likely take at least a few days for the hoarseness to resolve. See your doctor for a prescription for the inhalers. ...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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I have hoarseness in my voice for 3 weeks. I take prilosec. How effective is Prilosec for GERD or lerd? Also im getting over being sick this last week

I have hoarseness in my voice for 3 weeks. I take prilosec. How effective is Prilosec for GERD or lerd? Also im getting over being sick this last week

Evaluation: Gerd can be caused by sleep apnea. If you snore, are tired frequently, or wake up gasping for breathe, are overweight, the you may have sleep apnea. Talk with your doctor about this. ...Read more

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I have had some voice change and hoarseness. For about 3 weeks i don't feel sick now but was sick a week ago. I take Prilosec for gerd. Should i worry?

I have had some voice change and hoarseness. For about 3 weeks i don't feel sick now but was sick a week ago. I take Prilosec for gerd. Should i worry?

Possible LERD?: Exposure of the vocal cords to stomach acid & pepsin will result in inflammation of the vocal cords (as is also often seen with acid regurgitation) = lerd. Acute laryngitis may result, but watch out for chronic hoarseness, throat clearing, airway spasms, cough, bronchitis, an asthma-type presentation, & even a higher risk of throat cancer. May however not be reflux so please get yourself checked. ...Read more

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I have had a hoarse voice for over three weeks now associated with pain just above my trachea with severe pain and tenderness to touch i also have an ?

Need more Info: Best take this up with your doctor. This could be anything from a condition in your chest or just a stubborn virus. You probably need a good examination, x-ray of the chest and ear, nose and throat evaluation. This could be serious if it doesn't resolve soon. ...Read more

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What are the chances of cancer with these symptoms? Hoarse voice for 4 weeks, 1cm lump on the thyroid and a bigger lymph node on the same side.

What are the chances of cancer with these symptoms? Hoarse voice for 4 weeks, 1cm lump on the thyroid and a bigger lymph node on the same side.

Lumps on the throat: To determine the nature if the lump, it depends on the size and it's consistency and location. It is best to see an ENT doctor who will work this out for you. You are young and not likely to get cancer at your age. You may have a nodule or a polyp on your vocal cord. Good luck. Feel better. ...Read more

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About 1 month ago I lost my voice, went to doc and was put on a prenasone pack that I finished three weeks ago...My voice is still hoarse and my face is swollen. I thought facial swelling might be caused by staten meds I was put on during the month but

About 1 month ago I lost my voice, went to doc and was put on a prenasone  pack that I finished three weeks ago...My voice is still hoarse and my face is swollen.  I thought facial swelling might be caused by staten meds I was put on during the month but

See ENT: The facial swelling might be due to steroids even though this would be uncommon side effect from a short-term high dose quick taper of steroids. If your hoarseness was caused by vocal cord edema, you would have noticed some improvement. Now, you should have an ENT look at your vocal cords directly with a special camera in the clinic to determine the cause. ...Read more