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Herbal Treatment For Enlarged Vocal Chords
Voice therapy: Voice therapy (and resting one's voice) is the "natural remedy" of choice for vocal cord nodules. Please see http://www.ohniww.org/vocal-nodules-treatment/ Homeopathy may also be very helpful: http://tinyurl.com/zprh34d A quality multivitamin with extra Vit. C, gargling with warm salt water, ginger tea and curcumin may also help, but none of these will work without voice rest/voice therapy. ...Read more
For the stage 1 vocal cord cancer (affecting cartilages), which treatment is better -- radiation therapy or photodynamic therapy?
Yes: If the nodule causes hoarseness removing the nodule should help significantly. Most nodules form from trauma and it is possible that the nodule can go away if the trauma is stopped (much like a callous or blister going away by wearing shoes that fit). Prior to doing surgery a trial of speech therapy can be tried. If unsuccessful, surgery performed by an experienced ENT should be very helpful. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Would nonspecific esophageal dysmotility make botox injjection for damaged recurrent laryngeal nerve contraindicated? Are there better options?
Botox for RLN?: Unspecific esopageal dysmotility should not be affected by laryngeal Botox treatment. It is difficult to suggest options since I am unclear of what your voice and swallowing issues are, what caused the rln damage and what your vocal cords actually look like. Are you under the care of an ent/ otolaryngologist/ laryngologist? ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No such thing: I've been a doctor for 30 years. I've seen many cases of laryngeal cancer but none of yeast infection of vocal cords. I don't think there is such a thing. If you have persistent hoarseness see ENT specialist ASAP. Risk factors for head and neck cancer are smoking, and drinking alcohol. ...Read more
Depends: The biggest risk is from damage to the recurrent laryngeal nerve, which runs under the thyroid and controls the vocal cords. It depends on the patient's risk factors and the skill of the surgeon. However, despite that it can still occur as a transient injury in up to 5-8% of thyroid surgeries. It can also be permanent in up to 0.3-3% of thyroid surgeries. Being intubated can also contribute. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can thyroid issues (hyperthyroidism/graves) affect the vocal cords? Meaning can it make your vocal cords fatigue more easily while talking? Thank you
Hyperthyroid : Hyperthyroidism itself does not affect your voice. However, if your gland is enlarged and compresses the recurrent laryngeal nerve( the nerve that supplies function to the vocal cords), you could actually have vocal cord paresis(weakness) or paralysis( immobile vocal cord) that affects your voice. See an ENT to do laryngoscopy. ...Read more
I've severe acid reflux can it cause 1 lingual tonsil more enlarged than other had previous thyroid cancer scared of throat cancer or base if tongue?
GERD: Severe reflux can result in the development of barrett's esophagus; which has an increased incidence of developing esophageal cancer. Upper endoscopy is a simple method for evaluating any esophageal disease. If your problem is severe, you should be on some form of acid blockade such as omeprazole. You may even benefit from some type of antireflux surgery. ...Read more
What are the best treatment options for silent reflux (Laryngopharyngeal Reflux) other than acid reducing drugs or surgery?
Laryngo -endo: Hi, a panendoscopy by an ENT which also includes a laryngoscopy is the first step in management and likely to give you the biggest bang for your buck. If that is negative then an endoscopy maybe considered but the chances of finding something causative is low. Please consult an ent. Hope this helps. ...Read more
Med & surg options: Exposure of the vocal cords to stomach acid & pepsin will result in inflammation of the vocal cords (as is also often seen with acid regurgitation). Acute laryngitis may result, but watch out for chronic hoarseness, throat clearing, airway spasms, bronchitis, an asthma-type presentation, and even a higher risk of throat cancer. Had response to acid blocking drug before considering surgical option? ...Read more
Lpr reflux patients how common is reflux induced asthma I have lpr read on forums that swollen airways causes breathlessness wts treatment non acidic ?
Reflux control: Antacids are part of the treatment, but mainly ither measures need to be done as well: weight control, avoiding overfeeding, excess carbonated beverages, caffeine, fatty foods, avoid eating and sleeping right after, sit uprightor walk after meals, same measures as controlling GERD or heartburn, of course take asthma meds too as prescribed, take care ...Read more
The best option: Is voice rest.Get a more detailed answer ›
I have LPR reflux. Can this cause cancer in the larynx or throat? What % of people with LPR get larynx/throat cancer?
LPR: There have been reports however not in recent years. Questionable evidence. Very rare as a single factor. ...Read more
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