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Remedies For Enlarged Vocal Chords
Yes: Clearing of the throat by habit or a feeling of mucus or reflux of acid can permanently damage the surface of the true vocal folds. When you continuously clear your throat you are essentially banging the vocal folds against each other. Eventually you may develop a vocal fold nodule, ulcer, bleed into the fold. You need to find out why you are clearing your throat so often. ...Read more
What to do to clear up hoarseness in throat caused by GERD or acid reflux. There are no nodes on the vocal chords.
See below: It is a sign of aspiration, treat the condition more aggressively with medication, eat lighter dinner, raise head of bed by 6-8 inches (not by extra pillows, for it could worsen the situation) go to bed empty stomach, if those measures are not sufficient then consult with a gastroenterologist, . ...Read more
Yes: A goiter is an enlarged thyroid gland sits beneath the trachea where vocal cords (vc) reside. The nerve that tells the vocal cords to function is the recurrent laryngeal nerve. It's course travels from brain around thyroid then up to vc. A lrge goiter or nodule can stretch the nerve causing damage, why its recommended to remove nodules by 4 cm can any voice change taken seriously. ...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
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
Goiter: If the thyroid is large it can cause narrowing of the airway and that is an indication for surgery. You should have your thyroid hormone levels checked, if hyper or hypoactive it can be treated. If the hormone level is normal, you should have a cat scan to determine if the gland is narrowing the breathing pipe or trachea. If so surgery may treat your problem. Finally you should look for other causes of shortness of breath including asthma or obstructive sleep apnea. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If someone has throat cancer that pushes on there vocal chords, once the cancer is home will their vocal chords heal back to normal? Or will that permenently affect their vocal chords?
Depends: If it is "pushing" on the vocal cores, there is a good chance that function should return. If it involves the nerves or is invading the cords, it may not. Also the treatment- surgery or radiation, may eradicate the tumor but damage the chord in the same spot. ...Read more
Im 27. Can reflux/GERD/ LPR cause yellow stools? Or is IBS the cause? throat clearing, phlegm tickle, loss of vocal range, dysphagia doc thinks reflux
Suffered from sore throat, raspy voice for years. Tried speech therapy. No polling etc. Always clearing throat. What's best to eat? To avoid?
Post nasal drip: Chronic post nasal drip with or without allergic cause or reflux would be two of the most common causes of those symptoms. You can do a trial of antihistamines, pull dairy from your diet, or do allergy testing to confirm this as the cause. Reflux can be confirmed by seeing ent, having a nasal scope and showing inflamed vocal chords. ...Read more
The best option: Is voice rest.Get a more detailed answer ›
Layrynscopy no damage from thyroidectomy ENT, it's allergy related for hoarse voice-. Flonase /Claritin try. What are other causes /lung symptoms?
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