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Vocal Cord Nodule

Dr. Rajesh Shah, MD

Everything about Vocal Cord and its Causes, Symptoms and Homeopathic Treatment

Definition:

A polyp is a growth (usually benign) protruding from a mucous membrane. When polyps are seen over vocal cords they are called as vocal polyps or vocal nodules.

Vocal cords are like two strings present in the voice box (larynx) and are absolutely essential for phonation. Nodules on the vocal cords interfere with normal voice functioning and produce a hoarse, breathy or weak voice.

Causes:

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Vocal nodules develop from various reasons ranging from voice overuse (such as prolonged singing, shouting or loud talking) or cigarette smoke, viral infection, or chronic inflammation and sinusitis. Moreover, it is believed that polyps or nodules are an allergic inflammatory reaction. Allergy is an altered state of normal immunity that overreacts to otherwise harmless agents.

Vocal Nodules Symptoms:

The commonest symptom of vocal nodules is hoarseness. The voice may also sound low-pitched or slightly breathy.

Treatment:

Homeopathic approach towards vocal nodules is more totalistic and holistic. Rather than considering nodules as a local problem, they are considered to be an affection of the constitution. Moreover, allergy (which lies at the root of this problem) is a constitutional problem and calls for constitutional approach for its management. Homeopathic treatment is based on same constitutional approach for management of any disease. Not only does Homeopathy help in resolving the nodules that have already formed, it also helps in preventing the recurrence of the vocal nodules.

Suggestion about homeopathic treatment for Vocal Nodules:

Homeopathy has a very positive role in the management of vocal polyps, especially when they are small in size. In case of professionals for whom voice is the only thing that matters, risk of alteration of voice quality as a complication of surgery, can be very serious. Interestingly, timely administered homeopathy treatment can help avoid surgery.

Remarks:

Voice Therapy: Correcting the vocal pattern that has created the disorder is very essential and here comes into play the voice therapy. This mainly includes teaching good vocal techniques to the patient that can reduce the amount of pressure put on the vocal cords.

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A 38-years-old female, Mrs. M.B reported to the clinic with c/o vocal cord nodules. She had developed hoarseness of voice. Her voice would break after speaking for a half an hour and it would be restored only after keeping mum for 4-5 hrs. She required efforts to speak, and she used to experience.....Read more

Mrs. R. D. S. visited Life Force on 9th January 2010. She was into singing profession since 10 – 12 years. She was 39 years old, beautiful lady. Her patient identification number is 13159. She would have hoarseness of voice due to over exertion of her voice. It would be painless. After a si.....Read more

37 years old teacher Mrs. R. S. (Patient Identification Number - 9142) visited our clinic on 29th of November 2006. She was suffering from Hoarseness of voice since 2004. She had pain in her throat while talking. She used to clear her throat frequently which gave her mild relief initially. She wo.....Read more

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