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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

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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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Acid reflux and swollen vocal cords, what to do?

Acid reflux and swollen vocal cords, what to do?

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

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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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What do you recommend if I have acid reflux and swollen vocal cords?

What do you recommend if I have acid reflux and swollen vocal cords?

Several things: First is to make sure that your vocal cord swelling isn/t due to a serious problem. An ENT doctor can take a look at your vocal cords directly. To control reflux, you need to change your diet (just look up gerd online), followed by medication if that does not work. If you smoke, then quitting now will help as well. Finally, rest your vocal cords when you can and avoid yelling. ...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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Having breathing problem on minimal exertion can it be due to swollen vocal cords 2decho, pft xray, cbp, tsh=normal, ?

Possible vocal cord: If you have lpr, this can trigger vocal cord dysfunction- a condition wherein the vocal cord paradoxically closes up when you try to breathe in . Usually the shortness of breath occurs in 5 mins or less after exertion. You need to control the lpr then consider seeing an ENT and/or speech therapist if the problem fails to resolve. It may take weeks ...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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