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Inflamed vocal cords: what can cause it, symptoms and how to treat

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Inflammation in the vocal cords can be produced by several causes, despite the majority due to excessive use, being common in singers, for example. The vocal cuerdas have the function of emitting sound and are located inside the larynx. In this way, any alteration in the larynx can affect the vocal cuerdas, and consequently, the voice.

Inflamed vocal cords can be noticed when the person has pain in the throat, snoring or alteration in the tone of the voice, so it is important to avoid speaking and drinking plenty of water to keep the throat hydrated. The treatment is indicated by a speech therapist, which will depend on the cause and the symptoms presented.

main symptoms

Symptoms of inflamed vocal cords include:



  • snoring;
  • Voice low or lost of voice;
  • Sore throat;
  • Difficulty to speak;
  • Changes in the tone of the voice, which can make it difficult to work with oradores and singers, for example;
  • Paralysis of the vocal cords.

The diagnosis of this ailment can be performed by a general practitioner or an otolaryngologist by means of the observation of the symptoms presented and can be confirmed through exams that allow the visualization of the vocal cords as in an upper endoscopy.

What can cause the inflammation of the vocal cords

Inflammation in the vocal cords is due to several causes such as the emergence of nodules or polyps in the vocal cords; to suffer continuously from gastroesophageal reflux; laryngitis, when the glottis becomes inflamed due to an infection, excessive use or irritation; el use of cigarillo y; el abuse of alcoholic beverages.

In addition to these causes, inflammation in the vocal cords can occur in the presence of a tumor, although these situations are rare. Normally, people who use their voice as a work tool, as in the case of singers and teachers, tend to suffer from frequent inflammation in the vocal cords.

How is the treatment performed?

The treatment for inflamed vocal cords varies from agreement to severity of illness. In some cases it is recommended that the person avoids speaking as much as possible, as well as drinking water to keep the throat hydrated. However, it may be necessary to consult a speech therapist in the East about some exercises that can help to recover the voice.



To relieve ailments and help treat the inflammation of the vocal cords:

  • Avoid speaking or singing as much as possible;
  • Whisper when you want to communicate;
  • Drink at least 2.5 liters of water daily to keep your throat hydrated;
  • Avoid consuming too hot or cold foods.

When the inflammation in the vocal cords is produced by more serious illnesses such as cancer, the doctor may recommend treatments such as medication or surgery.

home option

The home treatment is simple and has the objective of relieving the symptoms, mainly the ronquera and the sore throat. A good option is the gargaras de limón with pepper jarabe de jingibre y propóleo. Find out more about home treatment.

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