Although hoarseness can easily occur from overextending your voice, the condition is typically short-lived. When hoarseness becomes persistent or recurring, the number of potential culprits grows larger. If you’re experiencing hoarseness that’s lasted longer than two weeks, book an appointment with Theodore Gaylor, MD, and Mikhail Domnine, PA-C, at Cedar Crest ENT Associates in Allentown, Pennsylvania, to discuss possible causes and treatment for your condition. To schedule your visit, call the office, or set up an appointment online.
Patients with a hoarse voice often experience difficulty speaking, singing, and breathing normally. Hoarseness can be caused by any actions or conditions that cause stress to the vocal cords. Common causes of hoarseness include:
In most cases, a hoarse voice is no cause for concern. If your voice hasn’t improved with self-care practices like rest and drinking plenty of fluids, the team at Cedar Crest ENT Associates can help you determine the underlying cause of your condition.
Laryngitis is a common condition characterized by irritation and inflammation of the larynx (voice box) and vocal cords.
Laryngitis is typically a short-lived condition caused by common viral and bacterial infections. Chronic laryngitis, which lasts longer than three weeks, is caused by long-term exposure to irritants like cigarette smoke, chemical fumes, and alcohol.
Laryngitis usually clears up on its own but often requires medications like antibiotics for effective treatment.
Acid reflux (gastroesophageal reflux) is a condition that occurs when stomach acid travels back up the esophagus.
In addition to causing heartburn, acid reflux can also cause irritation to the throat, leading to hoarseness. Acid reflux is caused by a number of factors including the types of foods you eat, the size of your meals, and your eating position.
To determine the cause of your condition, the team performs a thorough examination of your voice box and surrounding tissue. They listen to your voice quality to assess the severity of your condition.
Your examination begins with a discussion of your symptoms and medical history. Your provider then uses a laryngoscope to get a good look at your throat and vocal cords. Depending on their findings, additional tests like a biopsy or X-ray may also be performed.
Treatment involves addressing the source of your irritation. Lifestyle modifications like quitting smoking and limiting your exposure to irritants are the first step in addressing hoarseness.
If your symptoms are caused by an underlying condition like acid reflux or an infection, Cedar Crest ENT Associates provides effective treatment for treating your illness and relieving your hoarse voice.
The team also specializes in conservative surgical techniques for patients who require more aggressive treatment.
If you’re experiencing persistent or recurrent hoarseness, book an appointment with Cedar Crest ENT Associates by phone or online today.