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Could a cold be causing you to lose your voice?

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When you speak, air passes through the voice box in your throat and hits two bands called vocal cords. Your voice make sounds when they vibrate.

A cold can throw a wrench into this smooth-running machine. Your throat gets inflamed and sore. Then, your vocal cords swell, which affects the way they vibrate. The end result: You're hoarse.

To treat this, rest your voice and drink plenty of fluids. Your volume will return when you recover.

From: Why Am I Losing My Voice? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

The University of Chicago Medicine: "Vocal Cord Disorders."

Byeon, H. , May 2015. Journal of Voice

Effat, K. , May 2015. The Journal of Laryngology & Otology

New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai: "Allergies and Postnasal Drip."

Develioglu, O. March 2014. Indian Journal of Otolaryngology and Head & Neck Surgery,

American College of Rheumatology: "Rheumatoid Arthritis."

Hamdan, A. , May 2013. Autoimmune Diseases

Cleveland Clinic: "Thyroid Problems," "Hoarseness: Frequently Asked Questions."

Office on Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: "Thyroid Disease."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Definition and Facts for (GER) and (GERD)."

American Academy of Otolaryngology: "Nodules, Polyps, and Cysts," "Voice Box (Laryngeal) Cancer," "Common Problems that Can Affect Your Voice."

Parkinson's Disease Foundation: "The Science and Practice of Speaking Loud."

Reviewed by David Zelman on November 4, 2018

SOURCES:

The University of Chicago Medicine: "Vocal Cord Disorders."

Byeon, H. , May 2015. Journal of Voice

Effat, K. , May 2015. The Journal of Laryngology & Otology

New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai: "Allergies and Postnasal Drip."

Develioglu, O. March 2014. Indian Journal of Otolaryngology and Head & Neck Surgery,

American College of Rheumatology: "Rheumatoid Arthritis."

Hamdan, A. , May 2013. Autoimmune Diseases

Cleveland Clinic: "Thyroid Problems," "Hoarseness: Frequently Asked Questions."

Office on Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: "Thyroid Disease."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Definition and Facts for (GER) and (GERD)."

American Academy of Otolaryngology: "Nodules, Polyps, and Cysts," "Voice Box (Laryngeal) Cancer," "Common Problems that Can Affect Your Voice."

Parkinson's Disease Foundation: "The Science and Practice of Speaking Loud."

Reviewed by David Zelman on November 4, 2018

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