Hoarseness refers to a condition in which there is an abnormal change in the volume and pitch of the voice, causing it to sound breathy and strained. This could be caused by factors such as excessive smoking, upper respiratory infection, cancer of the larynx, an allergic reaction to certain foods or insect bites, pain in the vocal cords or the common cold. A person affected by this condition should avoid alcohol, spicy food and caffeine.
HOW IS HOARSENESS DIAGNOSED?
FACT: If severe, it is important to consult an otolaryngologist for appropriate medical treatment as serious conditions such as laryngeal cancer can also result in a hoarse voice.