Hoarseness is a description when your voice sounds rough, raspy or breathy.
There are various organs in involved in producing our voice. Our voice is created when air passes our vocal cords. The air generated is from our lungs, which passes through our vocal cords. The movement and vibration of our vocal cords create sound.
Hoarseness can be caused by many causes. Some of them include:
If your hoarseness if not improving, you should seek medical attention. Your doctor will take a detailed medical history and thereafter perform a physical examination. An ENT specialist will be able to perform a flexible nasoendoscope to closely examine the vocal cords.
Hoarseness is typically due to excessive voice use, such as crying and shouting. This causes a lot of pressure and predisposes some children to develop vocal cord nodules.
Other causes include having a recent cold, laryngitis and GERD.
There are some simple techniques to prevent hoarseness such as:
Your ENT doctor will first take a look at your medical history, find out more about the symptoms you’re experiencing and thereafter perform a thorough physical examination. This may include certain procedures such as flexible nasoendoscopy (a look into your nasal passages with a tiny camera). Your issues will be addressed and a suitable treatment plan will be devised for you.
Always talk to your child to prepare them for their ENT visit. Find out more about the issues they’re experiencing so that you can assist them in helping the ENT doctor understand their condition. Do bring along a list of their old medications and health booklet.
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