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What is the treatment for hoarseness?
The treatment for hoarseness depends on the underlying
cause, for example:
Acute laryngitis caused by an upper respiratory tract infection will
usually improve on its own as the infection clears the body. Conservative
treatment with cough
suppressants and humidified air can be helpful.
Voice rest is also recommended
in order to avoid further irritation or injury to the vocal cords.
are not indicated for most cases of acute laryngitis.
Smoking cessation is
suggested for those individuals that smoke.
Individuals with hoarseness caused by vocal overuse or misuse should adhere
to voice rest, as serious injury (such as vocal cord hemorrhage can occur to the vocal cords if the voice is
strenuously used during episodes of acute laryngitis.
Medications for gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) or
allergies can treat hoarseness if either of these is found to be the underlying
In some instances, surgery may be necessary for benign nodules or polyps, trauma to the
larynx/vocal cords and for cancer of the larynx.