When you have a hoarse voice, it’s important not to wait long before you receive an evaluation from a specialist like David Sycamore, MD, at Parkway ENT and Allergy, PA. Continuing to use your voice when it’s already strained can lead to vocal nodules and other voice problems. To receive customized treatment that restores your voice, call the office in Katy, Texas, or schedule an appointment online.
Hoarseness is a symptom caused by many different health conditions. When you have some form of throat irritation, the quality of your voice changes and you may sound strained, breathy, or harsh. The pitch of your voice could also change, making it softer or lower.
Hoarseness is a sure sign that there’s a problem with your vocal cords, the tissues in your voice box (larynx) that vibrate to create sound. These are a few of the health conditions responsible for hoarseness:
Acute laryngitis is the most common cause of sudden hoarseness. Laryngitis is an infection of your voice box that causes vocal cord swelling. When vocal cords swell, they vibrate differently, which causes hoarseness.
Speaking loudly and prolonged talking or singing strain your vocal cords and cause hoarseness. Excessive tension in your neck muscles and poor breathing technique also causes vocal fatigue and hoarseness. Overusing or misusing your voice increases your risk of developing vocal cord lesions.
Reflux of stomach acid into your esophagus or throat can cause hoarseness and swallowing problems.
Nodules, polyps, and cysts are all types of benign vocal cord lesions. Vocal cord nodules are common in people who use their voice professionally.
This is a neurological condition that causes paralysis or weakness in one or both vocal cords.
Hoarseness develops due to thyroid disorders, laryngeal cancer, and injury to your voice box. As you get older, your vocal cords naturally lose tension, which can affect the quality of your voice.
Dr. Sycamore and the team at Parkway ENT and Allergy specialize in helping patients with hoarseness restore their vocal health. They work closely with professional speakers and singers, creating customized therapy to heal their existing voice problems and prevent future hoarseness.
Treatment for hoarseness is based on the underlying cause. For example, you may need to rest your voice, participate in a voice therapy program, get injections to add bulk to the vocal cords, or consider surgery to remove problems like polyps.
Schedule an immediate appointment if you’re a vocal professional who can’t do their job, it’s painful to speak, or you have difficulty breathing. You should also have your voice evaluated by Dr. Sycamore if your hoarseness lasts longer than four weeks or severe voice changes last more than a few days.
To get help for hoarseness, call Parkway ENT and Allergy or schedule an appointment online.