Do voice disorders run in families?

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Voice disorders are not inherited conditions; instead, they are conditions that result from misuse of the voice or from certain underlying illnesses. Rare exceptions to this rule include cases in which voice disorders are the result of inherited illnesses such as Parkinson's disease or multiple sclerosis, which can cause weakness or paralysis or the vocal chords and, subsequently, voice disorders. The vast majority of voice disorders develop as a result of vocal irritation (smoking and vocal strain) or infection and can be resolved when their causes are addressed.

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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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