When your voice sounds raspy, breathy, strained, or shows a noticeable change in pitch or volume, you are experiencing Hoarseness.
What Causes Hoarseness?
- The vocal folds that control sound can become swollen from a cold, an upper respiratory tract viral infection, or from excessive voice strain.
- Gastroesophageal or Laryngopharyngeal Reflux, where the stomach acid comes up the esophagus, can cause irritation to the vocal folds.
- Smoking is a common cause of Hoarseness due to irritation of smoke on the throat.
- Those suffering from certain neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s or a stroke can also become hoarse.
- Allergies that cause dry throat can affect the vocal folds to cause Hoarseness.
How is Hoarseness Treated?
Treating the underlying problem will often treat Hoarseness. Only in extreme cases will surgery be an option.