Hoarseness, Shortness of breath, Sore throat: 4 Possible Causes
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What causes hoarseness, shortness of breath and sore throat? 4 possible conditions

See a list of possible causes in order from the most common to the least.

1

Epiglottitis

This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.

Epiglottitis is characterized by inflamed tissue in your epiglottis. It's a potentially life-threatening illness. The epiglottis is at the base of the tongue.

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2

Chronic Laryngitis

Laryngitis occurs when your voice box and vocal cords become swollen and irritated. This fairly common condition often causes hoarseness or loss of voice.

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3

Croup

Croup is a viral condition that causes swelling around the vocal cords. It's most active in the fall and winter months and targets children under the age of 5.

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4

Diphtheria

Diphtheria is a bacterial infection that affects the throat and nose. Find information on diphtheria symptoms, causes, treatment, and prevention.

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This feature is for informational purposes only and should not be used to diagnose.
Please consult a healthcare professional if you have health concerns.
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