Symptoms, remedies, treatments and care for 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 (larynx). This swelling causes distortion of the sounds and makes the voice raspy or hoarse.
Causes of laryngitis may include upper respiratory infection from the common cold, overuse of the vocal cords from talking, singing, or shouting, gastroesophageal reflux, smoking or the exposure to polluted air.
Symptoms of laryngitis include hoarseness, loss of voice, sore throat, congestion in the throat and coughing. Laryngitis is not often serious and in most cases resolves without treatment in about a week.
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