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Swollen Vocal Cords Treatment
Can I still get treatment for spasmodic dysphonia after or before a neck lift? The treatment I get for my spasmodic dysphonia is injections of botox into my vocal cords. Can I still get this treatment before or after a neck lift? .
Yes: You can treat these two issues independently. ...Read more
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 on a ...Read more
VCs: What are the symptoms? What is the history? ...Read more
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
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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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
See an ENT: A board certified otolaryngologist should evaluate your vocal cords ...Read more
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
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
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
Stage1 cancer in vocal cord (near cartilages), tumor was removed (three times as it keep recurring). What is the best treatment plan going forward?
Recurrences are bad: Even though your cancer was early (stage-1) to begin with, any recurrence makes it much more serious/dangerous. So you need to go see a real expert in cancer of the larynx. Such experts can be found in major Cancer centers of which each State of the US has one or more Comprehensive Cancer center/s. I would advise you to get away from your original surgeon who has done your previous surgerie ...Read more
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
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?
See endocrinologist: You did not mention if you had an overactive thyroid 3 years ago when given radioactive iodine. I assume your thyroid levels are normal now. If you still have large thyroid nodules, and symptoms related to it, you may need surgery to effectively deal with the problem. It is best to see an endocrinologist for a complete evaluation of your thyroid. ...Read more
My pulmonologist referred me to a specific ENT to determine if I have Vocal cord dysfunction what is testing like, symptoms, treatment?
Voice: The voice doctor will put a small flexible light into your nose, hook it to a camera and look at your vocal cords to check the function. ...Read more
For the stage 1 vocal cord cancer (affecting cartilages), which treatment is better -- radiation therapy or photodynamic therapy?
Does a herniated disc surgery for c6-c7 and c6-c5 will risk my vocal cord since I had 12 year ago X-ray treatment of right vocal cord carcinoma?
Herniated disc: The risk is low for vocal injury after anterior neck surgery. The spine surgeon will likely go from the right side of the neck since the right vocal is likely weak or paralyzed. The endotracheal tube can cause vocal nerve damage to. A preoperative evaluation of the vocal cords with an ears, nose, and throat surgeon is essential to determine the strength of the vocal cords. ...Read more
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
Hoarse for 3mos saw ENT twice swollen vocal cords/tonsils but no diagnosis. Throat feels tight, swollen, constricted, some food gets stuck in throat?
Tight throat: Surprised your ENT doctor wasn't able to figure out what's going on. If food is getting stuck in your throat, that is not good. Highly recommend you see your ENT doctor again one more time or see another one for second opinion if the first one is not able to help you. ...Read more
Strep test was neg. Doctor thought my vocal cords were swollen due to coughing. If that's 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
I just had a cyst on my vocal cord removed Wednesday. On the side where the MD chipped my tooth my tongue is swollen and numb. Will the swelling go down and will I get feeling back? The doctor didn't mention any of that in my post op care.
After I have had vocal therapy for my bowed vocal cords will I loose the raspy tone in my singing voice?
Can a polypoid on the vocal cords diminish in size with proper voice rest and speech therapy? I would prefer to avoid surgery, if I know that my singing voice can improve with proper voice rest and speech therapy. I am a professional singer.
Vocal cord polyp: Vocal cord polyps have been observed to resolve with conservative care. Laryngologists with the best microscopes and lasers usually can accomplish excellent clinical results if resection proves necessary. A good speech pathologist should coach you in strategies for voice rest - it's quite difficult! ...Read more
Avoidance and meds: The primary treatment for allergies is avoidance. Even though 100% of dust cannot be removed, many measures can help decrease the indoor house dust mite load. After that, medications including antihistamines and topical nasal steroids can be effective and safe. An allergist can assist in treatment and evaluation for other conditions. ...Read more
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 more
Another opinion: If your nodule is gone and you are still hoarse and you have discussed this with your ENT and have not gotten help then you need another opinion. Find an ENT who has a special interest in the voice. You should have a videolaryngoscopy with stroboscopy and a consultation with a speech therapist. ...Read more
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