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Scratchy Voice, Vocal Chords

Sunday, March 5th, 2006

Vocal Cords, Scratchy Voice, Ear Nose And Throat Specialist
My voice has been scratchy for over 4 months. There is no pain. What are possible causes? What type of doctor should I see if it doesn’t clear up?


Dr. Joshua’s Answer:


Some common reasons for a raspy or hoarse voice are vocal chord disorders such as laryngitis, which is an inflammation of the vocal cords, other possibilities include vocal cord nodules and polyps, both of which are benign conditions, and can be caused by voice misuse (singers, teachers, coaches etc) and cigarette smoking.

Other possibilities include chronic sinusitis and stomach acid reflux. Rarely, cancer of the larynx and other more serious conditions may be the cause of a rough, hoarse voice.

The specialist you want to see is an ear, nose and throat specialist (ENT specialist). I recommend that you visit an ear, nose and throat specialist and have him/her look in your throat. The ENT specialist can perform an indirect laryngoscopy, which is a minor and not too uncomfortable procedure during which he pulls at your tongue a little bit, and uses a small mirror to inspect your larynx and vocal cords.


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