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General Practice Doctor
Experience : 7 Years
United States

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I had asked and had answered a question earlier concerning loss of smell. I have had trouble with my voice since the winter when the nose issues began. I had used decongestants proscribed by doctor to combat what he thought was sinus infection. It wasn't. This started in January. Since then I have had issues with my voice. At first it was just raspy as the day when on and cracked sometimes. After 5 weeks I stopped the decongestants when I noticed my throat was dry. I was until two weeks ago a smoker. ENT said two months ago laryngitis and vocal fatigue and referred me to a voice therapist. Symptoms worsening. Due to nose issues I have to breathe through my mouth mainly. At first it was fine in the morning and then worse through the day. Now it is still best in the morning but no longer clear and very quickly turns raspy and painful to speak. It is holding me back from full time work. I have taken care last few months to drink plenty of water. What can you suggest to help me recover from these issues?

Answer:

If you are having any nasal drainage, it can cause the raspy voice as the secretions irritate the vocal cord. Smoke inhalation for many years may also have caused the raspy voice. You could switch from decongestants that are oral to a nasal steroid to help with sinus issues and congestion. Another common cause of raspy type voice is acid reflux. You could try a medicine like zantac for a week to see if your voice improves.