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By Center for Facial Cosmetic and Laser Surgery
October 18, 2022
Category: ENT Conditions
Tags: Hoarseness   Hoarse Throat  

A hoarse throat can develop with or without pain. There are several factors which can cause hoarseness, including:

  • A virus like the flu or a cold
  • A bacterial infection like strep throat
  • An allergic reaction to an allergen
  • Laryngitis, or inflammation in your throat
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD
  • Esophageal cancer

For mild hoarseness, you can try a few simple remedies to help get relief. Remember to:

  • Stay hydrated by drinking lots of liquids
  • Drink warm tea with honey to soothe your throat
  • Gargle with warm salt water several times during the day
  • Take over-the-counter pain relievers like Tylenol
  • Place a humidifier in your bedroom to breathe moist, soothing air

For moderate to severe hoarseness that doesn’t resolve or is getting worse, you need to seek out the expertise of your ENT specialist. You also need to seek out your ENT specialist if your hoarseness is accompanied by:

  • Joint pain, a rash, or a fever over 101 degrees
  • Difficulty breathing, swallowing or opening your mouth
  • A lump in your neck, earache, or blood in your saliva

Professional treatments for hoarseness include:

  • Antibiotic medication, if your hoarseness is caused by a bacterial infection, like strep throat
  • Antiviral medication, if your hoarseness is caused by a virus like a cold or the flu

If the cause of your hoarseness is not easily identifiable, your ENT specialist may also recommend a diagnostic procedure known as an endoscopy. During an endoscopy, a thin tube with a camera at one end is inserted into your throat and guided down your esophagus. The endoscope allows your ENT specialist to view your esophagus. If any abnormal tissue or growths are found, they can be removed for biopsy.

An endoscopy is especially effective in the diagnosis of:

  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Esophageal polyps or growths
  • Esophageal damage or ulcers
  • Esophageal cancer

No matter what is causing your hoarseness, an ear, nose, and throat specialist can help. If you are suffering from hoarseness or a sore throat, talk with an expert. Call your ENT specialist today.

By ENT Care
March 14, 2018
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Hoarseness  

Voice can be hoarse for many reasonsDiscover the reasons why your voice is hoarse and what an ENT doctor can do about it.

While some people may find a raspy voice attractive, a hoarse voice may be rather startling if it’s suddenly appeared out of nowhere. There are many reasons why you may be experiencing hoarseness. Find out the common causes and when you may want to see an ENT doctor for treatment.

There are many reasons why you may be dealing with a hoarse voice. Common causes include,

  • Allergies
  • Smoking
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Vocal cord polyps or cysts
  • Thyroid problems
  • Vocal cord trauma
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Stroke
  • Cancer of the throat

But to find out what is really behind your raspy voice you will want to visit an otolaryngologist who will be able to ask you questions about your hoarseness and also perform a physical exam. Sometimes we will use a small, lighted scope that will be able to examine the vocal cords for any issues. If you have been dealing with hoarseness for about 2 to 3 weeks then it’s really important that you seek medical attention, as there could be a serious reason behind your condition.

Treating Your Hoarseness

The treatment plan that you are given will depend on the cause of your symptoms. Some acute infections such as laryngitis will clear up over time on its own, so more conservative at-home measures like using a humidifier can help manage symptoms until the illness goes away.

To prevent further damage or injury to your vocal cords we also recommend resting the voice as much as possible. If you are a smoker we highly advise that you consider quitting.

If allergies or GERD is the reason for your hoarseness they can both be managed with certain medications. Surgery is usually only necessary if there are polyps, cysts, trauma to the vocal cords or the presence of cancer.

If your hoarseness is severe or is concerning you this is more than enough reason to visit an ENT professional who can tell you what’s going on. Don’t be afraid to pick up the phone and call.