What is Causing My Hoarseness?

By Ear, Nose and Throat Consultants
February 08, 2019
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Hoarseness   Throat Problems  

Does it sound like a frog is stuck in your throat? Discover the real reason you may be hoarse.hoarseness

Do you often experience a raspy, scratchy voice? If so, then it might be time to visit your otolaryngologist to find out what could be causing this issue. While not all issues are serious or require treatment, it’s always a good idea to get the expert medical care you need to get to the root of the problem and to determine whether you require professional treatment. Learn more from your ENT in Southfield, MI at (248) 569-5985.

What could be causing my hoarseness?

Irritation or injury to the vocal cords often results in a hoarse, raspy voice. An inflammatory condition of the vocal cords known as acute laryngitis could also be the reason for your symptoms, as could an upper respiratory infection. While less common, it is possible to develop a hoarse voice from shouting or yelling too loudly.

Other causes of hoarseness include:

  • Allergies
  • Vocal cord polyps or cysts
  • GERD
  • Smoking
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Certain neurological conditions (e.g. stroke; Parkinson’s disease)
  • Cancer

When should I see my Southfield, MI ENT doctor about my condition?

If you have been experiencing issues with hoarseness for more than three weeks, (particularly if you haven’t had a cold or flu) then it’s time to visit a medical professional to shed some light on what could be causing this problem.

You should also schedule a visit right away if you are dealing with hoarseness that is also accompanied by painful swallowing, difficulty speaking or breathing, the sensation of having something in your throat or coughing up blood.

How is hoarseness diagnosed?

Most of the time we can determine whether or not the cause is laryngitis just by talking with you about the symptoms you’ve been experiencing. In some instances, we may need to use an endoscope (a thin, flexible tube) to check the vocal cords. Further testing may be required to test airflow and other potential problems.

If you are dealing with hoarseness or notice other symptoms that are bothering you then it’s time you scheduled an appointment with your ENT specialist at (248) 569-5985 in Southfield, MI who can diagnose and treat your issue.

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