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What is hoarseness and how is it caused?

Hoarseness often makes voices sound breathy, raspy, or strained. There are many causes of hoarseness like:

  • Colds
  • Overusing your voice
  • Gastroesophageal reflux
  • Smoking
  • Allergies
  • Thyroid problems

How is hoarseness diagnosed?

Hoarseness is diagnosed by examining the voice box and surrounding tissue, evaluating the voice quality, and by taking lab tests such as x-rays. Doctors treat hoarseness depending on the diagnosis, but it usually includes:

  • Resting the voice
  • Drinking plenty of fluids
  • Avoiding smoke
  • Possibly surgery

When should I see a doctor?

Hoarseness often goes away on its own, but if it lingers for 10-14 days, come visit Hinckley ENT for a diagnosis. Hinckley ENT will help guide you through your treatment to give you the best possible experience.