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Can I have damaged my vocal cords or are they just swollen?

Can I have damaged my vocal cords or are they just swollen?

Either or both: Cab drivers, for instance, may develop vocal cord polyps (growths) from recurrent screaming (at other motorists) this starts as swelling and inflamation. Polyps can go on to become malignant tumors in rare cases. This needs to be looked into if symptoms persist. ...Read more

Vocal Cord (Definition)

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

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What could cause my vocal cords n voice box to be swollen real bad n infected?

What could cause my vocal cords n voice box to be swollen real bad n infected?

Not many things: If you are truly infected it must be with an organism of low pathogenicity. Tuberculosis, fungal infection, cytomegalovirus come to mind. But all this is unlikely. If your vocal cords are swollen for 6 months you should see an ENT doctor asap. ...Read more

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My vocal cords are swollen gray color not white no nodules no lumps no growthswhats causing the infection?

My vocal cords are swollen gray color not white no nodules no lumps no growthswhats causing the infection?

Ask doc.: I think you should talk to the doc who looked at your vocal cords. If you are looking at your own vocal cords all bets are off. ...Read more

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Multiple thyroid nodules some are very large & others are attached to my vocal cords. Hard to swallow , swollen neck & painful, took raditn pill. 3 yrs ago. Help?

Multiple thyroid nodules some are very large & others are attached to my vocal cords. Hard to swallow , swollen neck & painful, took raditn pill. 3 yrs ago. Help?

Need biopsy: You need to see an ear nose and throat specialist and have a biopsy of the thyroid nodule. Cancer should be ruled out especially on that very large nodules. Also, even if there is no evidence of malignancy-due to the symptoms that you are experiencing- hard to swallow, pain , likely from mass compression- a surgical approach should probably be done. Go to see an ENT and f/u with endocrinologist. ...Read more

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I have silent reflux and due to that swollen vocal cords I have breathlessness on exertion all heart and lung test are normal can LPR cause breathless?

Check for VCD: LPR: laryngeal pharyngeal reflux - when gastric contents rise up into the throat, beyond just usual heartburn (GERD). Sometimes it triggers spasms of the vocal cords trying to prevent aspiration into the trachea. Normal lung tests will miss this, unless you ask for flow-volume loops. Check inspiratory flows; look for cut-offs in airflow when breathing in. ...Read more

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Strep test was neg.. doctor thought my vocal cords were swollen due to coughing. If thats the case why would my ear,throat, neck & shoulders be aching?

Strep test was neg.. doctor thought my vocal cords were swollen due to coughing. If thats the case why would my ear,throat, neck & shoulders be aching?

Sore: Although your strep test was negative, there are lots of viral processes that can still cause symptoms of ear, throat and neck pain. Make sure you check on your strep culture. Fluids, rest ibuprofen and I think extra vitamin C good. You are in your 20's. If you continue to feel tired and run down check mono in a week or so. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for vocal cord nodules?

What is the treatment for vocal cord nodules?

ENT first.: Start with a good ENT in your area that has experience treating singers. The ENT can determine the correct diagnosis and treatment, which often includes working with a speech therapist to change any vocal habits that may have led to the problem. Voice rest and lots of fluids are a must! ...Read more

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What is the treatment for vocal cord paralysis?

What is the treatment for vocal cord paralysis?

Please see below.: Vocal cord paralysis can cause a characteristic breathy voice often accompanied by difficulty swallowing, a weak cough, and feeling short of breath. If both vocal cords are affected, symptoms can include stridor. It can have a variety of causes, and correct treatment depends on the cause. ...Read more

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