What do I need to know about caring for someone with a voice disorder?

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To care for someone with a voice disorder, it is helpful to know the underlying cause of the condition. Voice disorders have a wide array of causes, including inflammation or irritation of the vocal chords (laryngitis), polyps, nodules, contact ulcers, and even throat cancer. These various causes require specific and unique treatments: caring for someone with laryngitis is not the same as caring for someone with cancer. In general, most voice disorders are benign and reversible, and treatment involves vocal therapy and cessation of behaviors such as smoking. A person with a voice disorder may find it uncomfortable to speak, so allowing rest and providing fluids may be helpful. The best way to learn how to care for someone with a voice disorder is to consult with his or her doctor.

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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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