Hoarseness, an abnormal change in the voice, is a common condition that's often experienced in conjunction with a dry or hoarse voice. Throat problems are common and the main cause of Throat Problems is usually a viral infection but other causes include allergies, or infection. On the other hand, people develop voice problems for many reasons such as misuse of their vocal cords, allergies, and cancer. If your voice is hoarse, you have a raspy, weak or airy quality to your voice that prevents you from making smooth vocal sounds. Throat and Voice Problem Treatment offers some preventive methods that may help protect vocal cords. Stop smoking, stay hydrated by drinking ample water, and avoid fluids that dehydrate the body such as caffeinated beverages and alcoholic drinks. An ENT specialist examines the throat to diagnose the cause of the problem and thereafter, treat the problem. In certain cases, if you have persistent and chronic throat and voice problems, a serious underlying medical condition may be the cause and early intervention can often improve the prognosis. Identifying the cause of your persistent hoarseness may prevent the condition from worsening and limit any damage to your vocal cords or throat.