Hoarseness is normally caused by a cold or sinus infection in the vocal cords, which are part of your larynx in the throat.
Symptoms of hoarseness include difficulty producing noise when speaking, a voice that is breathy, scratchy or husky, and/or pitch and quality changes in the voice.
While most hoarseness goes away on its own within two weeks, any person who has hoarseness that lasts longer than 3 months (sooner if there is associated sore throat or bloody phlegm) should have their larynx visually examined by an ENT specialist.
To aid in the relief of hoarseness, limit your speaking, stay hydrated by drinking fluids, use a vaporizer to moisturize your throat and avoid smoking.
More Information: http://www.nlm.nih.gov
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