What causes voice disorders?

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Voice disorders can be caused by a wide array of conditions and contributing factors. Common causes include vocal strain (yelling, screaming, or speaking a lot), viral infections (laryngitis), polyps, nodules, cancer, and inhaled irritants such as cigarette smoke. Many causes of voice disorders can be corrected, leading to the resolution of the voice disorder. Abstaining from vocal misuse and smoking are significant ways to reduce your risk of developing a voice disorder or to correct a voice disorder you have already developed.

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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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