Vocal Cord Nodule

Dr. Ramesh Bhardwaj D.H.M.S  •  Dr. Puja Bhadel Bhardwaj  M.D.

  

A polyp or benign growth protruding from a mucous membrane of vocal cords is called as 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: 
•Extensive use of voice. Those commonly affected include singers, teachers, actors etc. and therefore, also known as ‘singer’s nodules’.
•Excessive yelling and coughing
•Chronic allergic reactions and infection of the larynx
•Cigarette smoke and inhaled industrial irritants




Symptoms: 
•Hoarseness or harshness of voice
•Rough, scratchy voice
•Painful speech production
•Vocal breaks and decreased pitch range



Prevention of Vocal Cord Nodules and Polyps:
•Eliminate strain and monitor your voice tone
•Avoiding yelling, loud talking and even whispering
•Speaking softly and in a range comfortable to you
•Avoid smoking and inhaling irritant pollutants
•Ensuring you treat your allergies and throat infection if any


Conventional Treatment
Surgery is usually not the preferred choice of treatment and is only done in rare cases when they become large or have existed for a long time. 



Homeopathic Treatment:-
Homeopathy has a very positive role in the management of vocal polyps, especially when they are small in size. Cases when treated early when the nodules are small and of recent origin respond faster and can be completely cured in a relatively shorter period of time. Besides reversing the condition, the medicines prescribed also help those prone to recurring growths commonly seen in those who perpetually strain their voice.