Hoarseness

An abnormally deep, harsh sounding voice can be due to a variety of conditions. Generally caused by irritation of, or injury to, the vocal cords, hoarseness is most commonly attributed to laryngitis (inflammation of the vocal cords) caused by a virus or overuse of the voice. However hoarseness may be a symptom of:

  • benign vocal cord nodules or polyps
  • gastroesophageal reflux (GERD)
  • allergies
  • inhalation of irritants and/or smoking
  • thyroid problems
  • trauma to the larynx/vocal cords
  • neurological conditions (Parkinson's disease, strokes)
  • cancer of the larynx 

Diagnosis involves a conversation with you as well as a physical exam focusing on the head and neck, and may or may not require the use of a fiberoptic scope to view the larynx. In most cases vocal rest and time are all that are needed, however there may be a more serious, underlying condition requiring medications or surgery.  Dr. Nancy Becker and her team will determine the root of the problem and the appropriate response.

360.825.4466 in Enumclaw
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