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What is Vocal Cord Nodule and Polyps?

Vocal Cord Nodules and Polyps are small fibrous growth which develops on the vocal cords of the people who constantly strain their voice. They are also termed as singer’s nodule, teacher’s nodule or screamer’s nodule. Vocal Cord Polyp is a small inflammation in the mucous membrane which covers the vocal cords. They take a rounded shape as they grow.

What causes Vocal Cord Nodules and Polyps?

Teachers, professional singers, lecturers, auctioneers and teachers who use their voices a great deal are more prone to have nodules on their vocal cords. Nodules develop as a result of excessive use of the voice. The voice of the person with Vocal Nodule will become hoarse and breathy. Polyps are lesions which develop due to voice abuse, inhalation of irritants and cigarette smoke.

What are the signs and symptoms of Vocal Cord Nodules and Polyps?

The symptoms include:

  • Hoarseness of speech
  • Frequent vocal breaks
  • Painful speech production
  • Reduced vocal range
Which consultant should be consulted for Vocal Nodules and Polyps?

One should consult an ENT Surgeon for Vocal Nodules and Polyps.

Which preventive measures can prevent the occurrence of Vocal Nodules and Polyps?

Some of the preventive measures that can be taken are:

  • Avoid screaming
  • Proper eating habits to avoid infection
  • Speaking in a normal range and avoiding straining the vocal chords
  • Releasing neck tension by gently moving the head from side to side
  • Not whispering or speaking at a higher or lower pitch than is natural
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