The most common causes of hoarseness are not serious or life-threatening. They include:
In rare cases, hoarseness can be a sign of a serious underlying condition, such as polyps, cancer and nerve conditions.
Many patients can treat their hoarseness at home with self-care measures. To reclaim your clear and healthy voice, try the following:
Get plenty of fluids. Drink tea, water and juice frequently to moisten your throat and relieve your symptoms. Avoid caffeine and alcohol because they can dry out your throat and exacerbate your voice problems.
Rest your voice. Don’t talk, shout or whisper, all of which can strain your vocal cords. Instead, stay silent for a few days to give your voice a much-needed break.
Moisten the air. Run a humidifier in the bedroom or take a hot shower to open your airways.
Avoid irritants. Smoke and allergens in the environment can worsen hoarseness, so try to avoid them.
If your symptoms persist for longer than a week, it’s time to visit your ENT for a thorough examination. In some cases, chronic hoarseness can indicate a serious underlying medical condition. The sooner you visit a physician, the better your prognosis.
Persistent hoarseness is not a symptom you should ignore. If your voice problems have been present for longer than a week, contact SFENTA today. Our experienced ear, nose and throat specialists will identify the underlying cause of your hoarseness and ensure that you receive the treatment you need.
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