Hoarseness

  • Medical Author:
    Steven Doerr, MD

    Steven Doerr, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Emergency Medicine Physician. Dr. Doerr received his undergraduate degree in Spanish from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He graduated with his Medical Degree from the University Of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, Colorado in 1998 and completed his residency training in Emergency Medicine from Denver Health Medical Center in Denver, Colorado in 2002, where he also served as Chief Resident.

  • Medical Editor: William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

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How is hoarseness prevented?

Hoarseness can be prevented in some instances, for example:

  • Avoid situations that require excessive strenuous voice use, and if a person needs to project their voice, use a microphone if possible.
  • Voice therapists or singing teachers may be helpful in certain cases to assist individuals with vocal training and voice modification.
  • Smoking cessation can prevent hoarseness or the development of cancer of the larynx.
  • Individuals with hoarseness caused by gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) can benefit from medications and dietary modification (such as avoiding alcohol, caffeine, and spicy foods).

Medically reviewed by Martin E Zipser, MD; American Board of Surgery

REFERENCE:

MedscapeReference.com. Acute Laryngitis Treatment and Management.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/5/2015

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