Voice Hoarseness in Waukesha
Chronic hoarseness in Waukesha of your voice is usually from chronic laryngitis, but it could be a sign of something serious like cancer.
What is Voice Hoarseness in Waukesha?
Acute hoarseness (laryngitis) is a sudden onset problem and is usually from a viral infection. Chronic laryngitis is an ongoing inflammatory issue, which could be from overuse, irritation, or infection.
Your larynx houses your vocal cords. Those vocal cords will open and close to make different sounds when air passes over them. When the vocal cords get inflamed, it changes the sound and leads to hoarseness of your voice.
- Constant clearing of your throat
- Dry throat
- Sore throat
- Voice loss
More serious symptoms include:
- Chronic hoarseness
- Coughing up blood
- Difficulty swallowing or breathing
- Increasing pain and fever
Most conditions resolve on their own, but if your hoarseness persists for over two weeks, you should get checked out by one of our board-certified medical providers because chronic hoarseness could be an early sign of cancer. However, even if cancer is not the cause, you shouldn't have to suffer from chronic hoarseness because there are different treatments Moreland Ear Nose and Throat offers for chronic hoarseness.
Chronic hoarseness can lead to others not understanding you, affecting your ability to talk on sales calls, presentations, or customer service calls. In addition, in this post-covid-19 world, some may be concerned that you are sick when it's chronic hoarseness.
How do we evaluate you?
During your office visit, your doctor will ask you some questions and will likely recommend a diagnostic test or two to confirm their diagnosis. These tests are not invasive, and all insurances cover them.
Common causes of chronic hoarseness (laryngitis)
- Acid reflux
- Chronic sinus problems (sinusitis)
- Excessive alcohol use
- Habitual overuse of your voice (singers)
- Polyps or nodules
- And more
Some cases of chronic hoarseness are from polyps or nodules on your vocal cords, which require a minor procedure to remove them. If it's from acid reflux, we have diet, lifestyle, and medical treatments for that condition.
We can make a wide variety of treatment and lifestyle recommendations, but without an evaluation, we won't know where to start. So if you fill out the new patient appointment request, one of our team members will reach out to you for an appointment or call (262) 547-1614, and we will schedule you immediately.
As you will see on our new patient request form, we accept almost every insurance available in our area, so there isn't a reason to hesitate to get evaluated soon.