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What causes hoarse voice and pain while inhaling?

What a surprise - thank you- I ve had a hoarse voice for about 2 weeks, up and down, no fever, phlegm, and have some experience with bronchitis and have had asthma, but it is controlled, just use my ventolin sometimes. I don t smoke, although I did try a middle eastern hookah about 12 days ago. It hurts when I inhale, but my stethoscope doesn t present any unusual noises.
Mon, 21 Sep 2020
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Hi,

Since you are a known case of bronchitis and asthma, although under control the problem of hoarse voice for 2 weeks can be due to thickening of the vocal cords. The reasons can be misuse of voice, loud speaking, inflammation due to allergy or infection. This can be diagnosed best with laryngoscopy done by an ENT Surgeon.

I would advise you the following in such a situation:
- First of all, it is imperative to have ''voice rest'' meaning no speaking at all.
- Continue the medications for asthma and bronchitis for keeping these under control.
- Plain water steam inhalation.
- Oral anti-inflammatory like Serratiopeptidase which do not worsen asthma or bronchitis.
- Oral steroids may be needed. Review with ENT Surgeon and repeat endoscopy to watch for the progress of laryngitis.
- Removal of polyp or cancer of vocal cord if found to be.

Take care. Hope I have answered your question. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Regards,
Dr. T. Chandrakant, General Surgeon
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What causes hoarse voice and pain while inhaling?

Hi, Since you are a known case of bronchitis and asthma, although under control the problem of hoarse voice for 2 weeks can be due to thickening of the vocal cords. The reasons can be misuse of voice, loud speaking, inflammation due to allergy or infection. This can be diagnosed best with laryngoscopy done by an ENT Surgeon. I would advise you the following in such a situation: - First of all, it is imperative to have voice rest meaning no speaking at all. - Continue the medications for asthma and bronchitis for keeping these under control. - Plain water steam inhalation. - Oral anti-inflammatory like Serratiopeptidase which do not worsen asthma or bronchitis. - Oral steroids may be needed. Review with ENT Surgeon and repeat endoscopy to watch for the progress of laryngitis. - Removal of polyp or cancer of vocal cord if found to be. Take care. Hope I have answered your question. Let me know if I can assist you further. Regards, Dr. T. Chandrakant, General Surgeon