Vocal hoarseness is usually a symptom of a larger condition. A hoarse voice can sound strained, raspy, low, pitchy or whispery. Many disorders related to the vocal cords can make the voice hoarse. Fortunately, most are not serious and clear up in a couple of weeks. If you have hoarseness lasting longer than two weeks, you should consult your doctor, as this can indicate throat or larynx cancer. If you are experiencing this symptom, these frequently asked questions about hoarseness may address your concerns.  


1. Should I worry if I get hoarse when I have a cold?

If you have a cold, hoarseness can be one of many symptoms. You may notice a runny nose or eyes, fever, or infection in the upper respiratory system including the nose, mouth, lungs, and throat. In the case of the common cold, symptoms are mild. The flu is a more serious issue. A fever above 100 may last three or four days, and you may experience shivering and aching in your bones. If your hoarseness is flu-related, it is best to see a doctor.


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