Hoarseness Or Change In Voice
Hoarseness Or Change In Voice Feb 09, 2021
What is Hoarseness? HoarsenessÂ means a change in the sound of someoneâ€™s voice.Â Â People suffering from hoarseness can experience a strained,Â husky or breathy voice. What causes Hoarseness? Normally when we talk the vocal cords vibrate.Â Â This creates a sound which we know as the voice.Â Hoarseness results from the vocal cords in the voice box not working properly. Common causes are: A simple, causing the voice box lining to swell (Laryngitis) Stomach acid/enzymes irritating the throat (Laryngopharyngeal reflux) A build-up of soft tissue(polyps) or thickenings(nodules)onÂ the vocal cords.Â These can develop when the voice is used tooÂ much or too loudly for long periods of time (Singerâ€™s Nodules).Â Vocal cord polyps are often related to smoking.
- Rarely a growth or tumour develops on the vocal cords and or voice box. These may be non-cancerous (benign) or cancerous (malignant).
- Problems with movement of the vocal cords(paralysed vocal cords). One or both of the vocal cords may be paralysed if itâ€™s nerve is affected by infection or tumour.
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