Have you ever had a bad cold that leads to your voice feeling stressed and strained all the way to not getting any noise out when you talk? This is what people call losing their voice and there are several reasons this can occur. Your voice is a tool you can use to communicate and it uses muscles as well as your vocal cords to make the noise that forms sounds. When you cannot talk you have to use creative methods to get your point across. There are some people that seem to lose their voice more often and this can be a sign that there are underlying problems. You want to make sure you keep track of things like this so that you can talk to your doctor. And you want to make sure that you do what you can to prevent any damage that may be permanent. ENT Specialists outlines what could be causing your voice to go hoarse or to make you lose your voice.
Virus Can Cause a Hoarse Voice
One of the main causes of a person losing their voice happens to be from some minor illness. Everyone has been in a position where they wake up with a tickle in their throat. Maybe you have a stuffy nose or your eyes are feeling itchy. These are all signs of allergies but can also be the onset of a viral infection as well. This is not usually a big deal and many times it does not require any medical treatment. The infections that you might have are laryngitis as well as many forms of the flu. The illness can have an effect on the vocal cords as well as the larynx. The virus will cause them to become inflamed and that is what will cause the change in your voice. The sound may feel strained all the way to not allowing almost any sound out at all. The best treatment when this is the cause it to drink lots of fluids and be sure to rest your vocal cords as much as you can.
Hoarse Voice Due to Acid Reflux
Acid reflux is a condition that some people that is usually referred to as heartburn. It is called that because it can feel like there is a burning in your chest and it can then cause burning in your throat as well. The reason is that the gastric fluid that is full of acid will come back up your esophagus and that will create what is called acid reflux. This can then start to cause your voice to become hoarse from the acid damaging the cords. You want to make sure that you see a doctor about treatment for it and to keep it under control.
Vocal Cord Lesions
You also might have a problem with lesions or even masses on your vocal cords if you start to notice that you have a raspy voice in between bouts of losing your voice. The lesions can restrict the movement of the cords and that will then create a change in the voice. It is good idea to have our throat checked for any growths, lesions and masses and make sure that they are treated and found the reason for their presence.
Laryngitis Treatment & Lost Voice Remedies
ENT Specialists can treat you for voice concerns that you might have. Call us today to talk to one of our specialists.