How do voice disorders affect the body?

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Voice disorders are conditions that affect the vocal chords (folds of tissue located in the larynx that are responsible for producing the voice). Therefore, voice disorders primarily affect the voice box and throat. Sometimes, when voice disorders are the result of infections or cancer, systemic effects can occur throughout the body. In the case of an infection, these effects could include a fever and fatigue. In the case of cancer, metastases (spreading cancer) can result in other organ systems becoming affected by the disease.

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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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