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Does strep throat cause hoarseness or loss of voice?

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Dr. Gregory Mosolf
Pediatrics
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In brief: Occasionally

Sometimes if the tonsils are very swollen and infected the patient can get what is known as the "hot potato voice".
It means that their speech is muffled and distorted. In which case they may actually have an abcess of the tonsil. In my experience most people with strep just have a normal voice, but with a sore throat. Hoarseness is more common with croup and laryngitis.

In brief: Occasionally

Sometimes if the tonsils are very swollen and infected the patient can get what is known as the "hot potato voice".
It means that their speech is muffled and distorted. In which case they may actually have an abcess of the tonsil. In my experience most people with strep just have a normal voice, but with a sore throat. Hoarseness is more common with croup and laryngitis.
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