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Question Hoarseness treatment?

Lets say a guy with a history of recent cold and sore throat comes in for check up. He's feeling better but still has hoarseness. He says he has a super important meeting the next day and wants something for the hoarseness. What is the most appropriate thing to do in this case?

I'm not sure if you would do nothing or give him something for it. Is there even something that you can give someone for quick relief of hoarseness?
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benzocaine lozenges?? or may be cough drops? not sure though
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benzocaine lozenges?? or may be cough drops? not sure though
Yea but my dilemma is that this patient really wants something that will improve hoarseness by tomorrow and since hoarseness following URT is probably due to inflammation of vocal cords - why not give some oral prednisone? I'm not sure benzocaine or cough drops would provide quick, temporary relief.

And would this be a case, where the doctor should just say no to the patient and not give him anything, since it is a self-limiting issue anyways (even though pt has an important meeting tmr)?
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