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Many things can cause your voice to become rough, raspy, or hard to hear. Having a cold or a sinus infection, talking too loudly or yelling, smoking, or breathing dry air can cause a hoarse voice. You also can have voice problems from pollution and allergies. Sometimes, acid from your stomach can back up into your throat—called acid reflux—and change your voice. In some cases, a problem with the voice box, or larynx, causes hoarseness.
Rest and home care may be all you need if you have a hoarse voice.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: April 15, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine
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