DO YOU HAVE A HOARSE VOICE? WE CAN HELP
Most of the time, a temporary hoarseness in your voice is not cause for concern. It’s often associated with common cold, upper respiratory tract infection, or irritation from screaming at a sporting event or rock concert.
Sometimes, it can be more serious, especially if the hoarseness doesn’t go away after a few days. Extended hoarseness can be caused by extended overuse of your vocal cords, which can lead to callous-like growths or even polyps.
When should you see an ENT doctor? If hoarseness lasts longer than 2-3 weeks, if you experience a complete loss or severe change in voice lasting longer than a few days. or if it's associated with:
- Pain not from a cold or flu
- Coughing up blood
- Difficulty swallowing
- A lump in the neck
For more information, check out Black Hills ENT/FPS’s web page on our Voice Disorder Clinic.