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How Can Club Singer Heal Vocal Cords From Second Hand Smoke
The vocal cord is a short (about 1cm long) band of tissue in the larynx (aka "voice box"). It is paired, so everyone has 2, and they are located just below the "adam's apple." when you breathe, they are separated from each other. When you speak, they come together while your lungs push air (like a bellows or bagpipe) past them, and they vibrate, like a reed ...Read more
Nothing is needed: Your body will "heal" itself. Second hand smoke generally only causes problems with long-term and continuous exposure, like people working in bars or other places where people smoke, or in homes where there are smokers. One exposure will not cause major problems, unless you are highly sensitive (asthma, allergy etc.). Normal diet, activity and exercise will help, nothing else should be needed. ...Read more
Inflammed vocal cord: Prolonged exposure to smoking can cause inflammation to the vocal cords, irritation and productive cough.If your phlegm is frothy or bubbly you might be having asthmatic attacks, if colored you need antibiotics.Consult your md for further evaluation.Thanks! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Exposed to second hand smoke. But there are so many degrees of second hand smoke; are some not dangerous?
It is safe: You don't want to exercise is when smoke is present in a confined area. If you are outdoors, you can always avoid the exposure. I understand that indoor smoking in public places is prohibited and if you are in a public place, quietly ask the manager to talk to the smoker and not to confront him yourself. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Second hand tobacco smoke can be irritating to the lining of the ear's normal draining tube (the Eustachian tube). Some estimate that exposure to second hand smoke is responsible for as many as 2 million extra ear infections each year in the US. Reducing exposure ...Read more
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