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How badly does throwing up damage vocal chords?

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Dr. Martin Fried
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In brief: Acid in cords?

The stomach acid if inhaled into the lungs past the vocal cords, can irritate the vocal cords and inflame them. The enzymes in the stomach contents can also irritate the vocal cords.
If throwing up, try not to inhale any of the contents when you do throw up.

In brief: Acid in cords?

The stomach acid if inhaled into the lungs past the vocal cords, can irritate the vocal cords and inflame them. The enzymes in the stomach contents can also irritate the vocal cords.
If throwing up, try not to inhale any of the contents when you do throw up.
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