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Voice problems usually include pain or discomfort when you speak or trouble controlling the pitch, loudness, hoarseness, or quality of your voice.
Your voice involves several body parts. As you breathe out, air gently passes through your throat, across your open vocal cords, and out your mouth and nose. When you speak, your vocal cords close partway as air travels through them. This causes vibrations and the sound of your voice. Trouble with any of these body parts can lead to a voice problem.
Several things can cause problems with your voice. These include:
Some of the most common symptoms are:
Treatment often can improve the voice. The treatment for your problem depends on how severe it is and what caused it. And keep in mind that it may take some time for your voice to improve or return to normal.
There are things you can do to take care of your voice.
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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.
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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 & Elizabeth T. Russo MD - Internal Medicine
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