Inflammation of the tonsils at the back of the throat can cause hoarseness as inflamed tissues restrict the movement of the vocal cords. Other signs of tonsillitis include a painfully sore throat that persists for more than 24 hours, difficulty swallowing, and fatigue. Tonsillitis often occurs due to a viral infection, but in some cases, a bacterial infection can be the culprit. Consult your physician if you experience painful signs of tonsillitis.
2. Vocal Stress
Stress caused by overuse of the vocal cords can result in hoarseness or laryngitis. While singers, actors, and professional speakers are at risk for vocal stress, others may suffer from occasional overuse of their voice. Providing the opportunity for vocal rest and keeping well hydrated can aid in protecting the vocal cords. Additionally, cheerleaders, enthusiastic sports fans, and shrieking children may suffer hoarseness from vocal stress. In these cases, the voice typically returns to normal with rest.
1. Yeast Infection
A yeast infection may cause fungal laryngitis. This type of infection is most commonly seen in patients with compromised immune systems. Thrush is a yeast infection of the mouth and throat that can develop with the use of inhaled corticosteroids as allergy prevention. This infection shows up as painful white blotches on the tongue and inside the mouth. To prevent thrush while using a steroid inhaler, rinse, gargle, and spit after using your inhaler.