Are you suffering from hoarseness? Do you want to know more about hoarseness and its causes?
Your Ear Nose & Throat Surgeons of Western New England located in Ware, Northhampton, and Springfield, MA, can help you understand your symptom and how to treat hoarseness.
What is hoarseness?
This is when you have an abnormal voice. It's raspy and strained. You'll also notice your voice varying in pitch and volume. Hoarseness isn't a disease but a symptom.
What causes hoarseness?
Hoarseness is a result of disorders in the larynx, also known as the voice box.
Examples of issues include:
- Common cold
- Upper respiratory tract viral infection
- Voice abuse
- Gastroesophageal reflux
- Thyroid problems
- Neurological disorders
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Trauma to the voice box
Note that if your hoarseness lasts for too long, this may be a sign of larynx cancer.
Other examples of when you may suffer from hoarseness according to your Ware, Northhampton, and Springfield doctor:
- Voice Change: Cancers may result in a hoarse voice. You'll need to speak to an otolaryngologist that specializes in head and neck issues.
- Persistent Earache: This may be a result of several things, like an infection or tumor. Make sure you speak with your otolaryngologist if you have questions.
Doctors evaluate your health by determining the severity of your hoarseness in relation to how long it has persisted. Other procedures used include:
- Lab tests
- Test thyroid function
- Physical exam
How to Improve your Health:
- You should quit smoking
- Avoid drinking caffeine and alcohol because of dehydration
- Avoid standing with people who smoke (second-hand smoking)
- Drink more water and humidify your home
- Try to avoid eating spicy food and, as mentioned above, alcohol
- Relax your voice by not straining it
If you have any questions or concerns about a persistent hoarse voice, call your Ware, Northhampton, and Springfield, MA, doctor at Ear Nose & Throat Surgeons of Western New England.