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.

Reclaim Your Clear and Healthy Voice

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 these 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.

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If your condition does not subside with at-home treatments, other options may include:

Vocal Therapy

Vocal therapy can help patients learn to use their voices properly, minimize strain, and prevent future hoarseness. 

Speech therapy

Medication

Medication can help treat certain conditions that cause hoarseness, such as acid reflux and laryngitis.

Surgery

If vocal cord polyps are the cause of your hoarseness, surgery may be required to remove them. 

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How Does Hoarseness Occur?

When we speak, our vocal sounds are created through vibrations in the vocal cords. Through overuse or strain, the vocal cords’ ability to vibrate is impacted. If there are polyps or nodules on the cords, that can interfere with their ability to produce sound. Allergies or other conditions can also cause the cords to become inflamed, which impacts their ability to function correctly. Because it can be caused by several factors, closely monitoring the duration and frequency of hoarseness is important. 

About SFENTA

The staff at SFENTA are passionate about helping patients find relief from the ENT conditions that are affecting their lives. We strive to provide each patient with:

Patient-Centered Care

We offer care specific to your unique needs and customized to fit your lifestyle.

Continuity of Care

Our work doesn’t stop until we’ve helped you achieve relief.

A Network of Highly Trained Physicians

With over 50 ENT specialists within our network, you can ensure you are in good hands with SFENTA.

The Security of a Community Staple

SFENTA has over 30 locations across South Florida, making it easier than ever to access quality ENT care.

What’s Causing Your Hoarseness?

The most common causes of hoarseness are not severe or life-threatening. They include:

  • Acid reflux
  • Excessive coughing
  • Voice overuse from yelling or singing loudly
  • Allergies
  • Exposure to chemicals and toxic substances
  • Exposure to smoke and alcohol

In rare cases, hoarseness can signify a serious underlying condition such as polyps, cancer, and nerve conditions.

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Hoarseness FAQs

When should I see a doctor for my hoarseness?

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.

Can at-home treatments help hoarseness?

In many cases, yes. Depending on the cause of your hoarseness, you may find relief from at-home treatments. Our experienced providers can help patients determine the best possible remedies.

With 37 convenient locations across the South Florida area, we’re never far away.

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