Can voice disorders be prevented?

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Voice disorders can often be prevented by avoiding certain behaviors. Since smoking and vocal strain can both contribute to the development of voice disorders, avoiding these behaviors can dramatically reduce your risk for voice disorders. Smoking irritates the vocal folds and can lead to conditions such as laryngitis and throat cancer. Vocal strain (yelling, speaking too much, and singing incorrectly) can wear on the vocal chords and contribute to the development of vocal polyps, contact ulcers, and vocal nodules. While voice disorders are sometimes brought on by conditions that can't be avoided, reducing risk behaviors can significantly increase your chances of prevention.

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Voice Disorders

Some of the most common symptoms of voice disorders are a change in your voice (it becomes either deeper or raspy), you have trouble singing, your throat feels raw or itchy and you find yourself repeatedly clearing your throat. Th...

ese symptoms can be caused by inflammation, respiratory infection, growths on your vocal cords or just by overusing your voice if you are for example a professional singer or a member of a cheerleading squad. If you develop a voice disorder, you may want to see an otolaryngologist to determine the cause of your voice problem.
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