It’s not unusual to experience changes in the quality of your voice when you’re suffering from a cold or flu. However, if your hoarseness has been lingering for a few weeks, you should schedule an evaluation at Kamran Jafri, MD PC, in New York City. The practice offers advanced diagnostic testing to identify the cause of your hoarseness and develop a treatment plan to resolve it. Call the Financial District or Midtown, Manhattan, office today, or select the online booking button to schedule a consultation.
Hoarseness refers to a change in the quality of your voice. It may be raspy, breathy, or softer than usual. Disorders that affect your vocal cords cause the changes in the sound of your voice.
Hoarseness itself isn’t a disease, but a symptom that indicates a problem with your vocal cords. The symptoms can be acute and go away within a few days. However, if your hoarseness lasts longer than three weeks, you should schedule an evaluation at Kamran Jafri, MD PC.
Hoarseness can develop from many causes. Some of the most common include:
Hoarseness can also develop because of changes in the structure or function of your vocal cords, such as the growth of cysts or polyps, hemorrhaging, or paralysis of your vocal cords.
Kamran Jafri, MD PC, conducts comprehensive evaluations when you come to the office searching for answers to explain your prolonged hoarseness to provide you with an accurate diagnosis. During your evaluation, you have a review of your symptoms and your medical history.
Then, an evaluation of your voice box using a flexible laryngoscope, which is a special tool that allows your provider to visualize your larynx and voice box, occurs. You’re given a numbing agent to minimize discomfort during the quick diagnostic test. Then, a test of the quality of your voice takes place.
Based on the information gathered during your evaluation, you receive a diagnosis, which is used to create your customized treatment plan so you can start getting relief right away.
Kamran Jafri, MD PC, focuses treatment of your hoarseness on the underlying cause and develops personalized solution-driven plans utilizing the most effective and advanced treatments available. You receive a treatment plan on the day of your initial evaluation.
In most cases, resting your voice may be needed to help heal your vocal cords. If surgery is needed, you receive all the details of the procedure to ease any anxiety.
Hoarseness may be a sign of an underlying condition affecting your larynx. For an evaluation, call Kamran Jafri, MD PC, or click the online booking button.