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Has your voice suddenly become hoarse? Although nearly everyone experiences hoarseness from time to time, the symptoms improve on their own in a few weeks in most cases. If your hoarseness continues longer than two or three weeks, it's a good idea to pay a visit to Dr. Giulio Cavalli, your ear, nose, and throat doctor in Pittsfield, MA. Dr. Cavalli can help you determine the cause of your hoarseness and recommend appropriate treatment options.
Why am I hoarse?
Diagnosing your condition starts with a head and neck examination and a discussion of your symptoms and your medical history. Your Pittsfield ENT may also examine your vocal cords using a thin, flexible scope that contains a light and a miniature camera. The scope is passed through your nose and into the upper part of your throat.
Common causes of hoarseness include:
- Gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD) or laryngopharyngeal reflux disorder (LRP)
- Normal effects of aging
- Singing or yelling for extended periods
- Colds and upper respiratory infections
- Seasonal or food allergies
- Benign polyps, nodules or cysts on your larynx (voice box)
- Trauma to your throat and larynx
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Thyroid disease
Although hoarseness can be caused by cancer, changes in your voice are more often caused by other health problems.
What treatments are available for hoarseness?
Treatment for hoarseness depends on the cause of your symptoms. If you have GERD or LRP, you may benefit from taking medications that decrease stomach acid production. Treating allergies, quitting smoking, and reducing exposure to secondhand smoke can be helpful, as can drinking more water and increasing the humidity in your home. Hoarseness caused by an underlying illness or condition may be improved by treating that condition.
A few sessions with a speech pathologist may be recommended if hoarseness occurs due to overuse of your larynx. The speech pathologist can help you change the way you produce sounds to prevent straining your vocal cords. Surgery may be needed if hoarseness is caused by a cyst, polyp or tumor.
Are you concerned about hoarseness? Call Dr. Giulio Cavalli, your ENT doctor in Pittsfield, MA, at (413) 443-6116 to schedule an appointment.
Dealing with a sore throat can be stressful—especially when you have a long day ahead of you at work or school. Find out the common (and not as common) causes of sore throats and how your ENT doctor at Giulio Cavalli Medical in Pittsfield, MA can help you get relief from the soreness and discomfort.
When You Have a Sore Throat
In some cases, a sore throat will go away on its own after a few days. But some patients struggle with the soreness for many days or even weeks. That sore, scratchy feeling makes it hard to speak and swallow in the course of a normal day. Sometimes it becomes really painful to swallow. When these symptoms persist or get worse, it may be a more concerning problem that should be looked at by a doctor.
Causes of Sore Throats
A sore throat can be a symptom of a number of different health concerns. Here are some of the most common causes of sore throats in patients:
- The common cold.
- Flu symptoms.
- Inflamed tonsils (also called tonsillitis).
- Strep throat (bacteria in the throat—this is a contagious condition).
- Laryngitis or Pharyngitis (inflammation of the larynx or pharynx).
- Epiglottitis (inflammation of flap behind the tongue).
In any of these cases, your ENT doctor in Pittsfield can help you get relief from your sore throat so that you can get back to feeling, eating and speaking normally again.
Your doctor will evaluate the exact cause of your sore throat so that a viable treatment plan can be prescribed. Here are a few common treatments and therapies for patients:
- Cough and flu medication.
- Antibiotic therapy to eliminate a bacterial infection.
- Use of a moist air humidifier to relieve cold symptoms.
- Surgery in some cases (such as a tonsillectomy).
Solutions for Sore Throat Sufferers
If you’re a chronic sore throat sufferer, find out what's causing this symptom and how it can be resolved by making an appointment with Dr. Giulio I. Cavalli at Giulio Cavalli Medical in Pittsfield, MA. Call the office at (413) 443-6116 today for assistance.