Information on condition: Hoarseness
Hoarseness is a general term that describes abnormal voice changes. When hoarse, the voice may sound breathy, raspy, strained, or there may be changes in volume or pitch. The most common cause is acute laryngitis�swelling of the vocal folds that occurs during a common cold, upper respiratory tract viral infection, or from voice strain. Serious injury to the vocal folds can result from strenuous voice use during an episode of acute laryngitis.
Laryngitis is an inflammation of the voice box, or larynx, that causes the voice to become raspy or hoarse.
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