Hoarseness is often used to describe a change to the voice. People suffering from hoarseness may experience a strained, raspy and/or breathy voice. People may also notice a difference in how loud they are able to speak and/or changes in how high or low their voice sounds (Pitch). This is something that any ENT doctor in Los Angeles will take seriously since early treatment can stop irreversible damage from happening.
What Causes Hoarseness?
There are several causes of hoarseness. Fortunately, most are not serious and may resolve after a short period of time. When we talk/sing , the vocal cords normally come together and vibrate against each other . There are several reasons why the vocal cords may not be working correctly. The most frequent are:
- An upper respiratory tract viral infection, which causes the voice box to swell ( Laryngitis)
- The build up of tissue (polyps) and/or callous like growths (nodules) on the vocal cords. These can develop h9991587_002when the voice is used too much or too loudly for extended periods of time (Singer’s Nodules or Nodes )
- The growth of tumors on the vocal cords and or voice box (larynx). These tumors are may be non cancerous (benign) or cancerous (malignant)
- Stomach acid irritating the vocal cords (Gastro-esophageal Reflux)
How is Hoarseness Treated?
Chronic hoarseness treatment in Los Angeles relies heavily on your motivation to change your lifestyle. If you enjoy staying out until dawn, your party lifestyle may be the cause of your chronic throat problems in LA. Any doctor will advise you to take it easy, meaning going to bed earlier and cutting back on alcohol and smoking, because this can lead to irreversible damage.
Mild Hoarseness– In most cases hoarseness will clear up on by itself. To help relieve the symptoms it may help to:
- rest the voice
- drink plenty of fluids
- avoid alcohol
- avoid smoking
Severe or Recurrent Hoarseness- People suffering from the following symptoms should seek medical advice from one of our physicians:
- prolonged hoarseness; voice changes for over two weeks
- complete loss of voice for more than two days
- repeated hoarseness
- prolonged sore throat or difficulty swallowing for more than two weeks
- severe change in the sound of the voice for more than two weeks
Medical Examinations for Hoarseness
Your ENT surgeon will examine the throat to identify the cause of the hoarseness. The exam is quick and is not painful, and it can be done in a regular office visit.
Treatments for Hoarseness :
Depending on the clinical findings, there are a variety of treatments that may be recommended. These may include:
- adjustments to diet
- changes in vocal use and habits
- speech therapy
- and/or surgery
These various treatment plans will usually be discussed at your first office visit. Depending on your symptoms, a throat doctor in LA from Westside Head & Neck will create a treatment plan. If your chronic hoarseness goes beyond laryngitis, our doctors also offer solutions for:
Throat Damage Caused By Acid Reflux
Acid reflux sends stomach acids into your throat, and this is unnatural. Untreated acid reflux can start to inflict damage on your throat and vocal cords, and it can even cause issues with the respiratory system if not taken care of. That’s why you should try lifestyle changes to treat acid reflux, and if those don’t help, call an ENT doctor to help find a solution to your suffering.
Causes And Symptoms For Chronic Laryngitis
Your hoarse voice can be caused by a number of external factors, such as the changing of the seasons, long nights partying, exposure to cold air, and a long history of smoking. However, if your hoarseness won’t go away and is accompanied by a loss of voice or inflammation in your throat, you may have chronic laryngitis. Chronic laryngitis is usually caused by lifestyle, so you may want to rethink those wild nights with smoking and alcohol because they may be harming your throat. It’s possible the damage has already been done, but you can visit a throat doctor in LA to see what can be done about your inflamed vocal cords.