Patients with vocal cord nodules or polyps may describe their voice as harsh, raspy, or scratchy.
There may be frequent voice breaks, easy vocal fatigue with use or there may be a decreased range of vocal sounds.
How do you know if you have vocal nodules?
Signs of Vocal Fold Nodules and Polyps
- a “rough” voice.
- a “scratchy” voice.
- a harsh-sounding voice.
- shooting pain from ear to ear.
- feeling like you have a “lump in your throat”
- neck pain.
Can vocal nodules go away on their own?
With proper voice training with a certified therapist, nodules can disappear within six to 12 weeks. Vocal cord polyps – With rest, some vocal cord polyps will go away on their own within a few weeks. Most, however, have to be removed surgically. Contact ulcers – It can take a long time for contact ulcers to heal.
Can you still sing with vocal nodules?
Vocal nodules typically make your voice hoarse, and it may sound raspy or breathy too. People who have vocal nodules also can’t hold a note for as long as they used to. And they can no longer sing very high or low notes, or speak in a very high or deep voice.
What are the symptoms of a damaged vocal cord?
Signs and symptoms of vocal cord paralysis may include:
- A breathy quality to the voice.
- Noisy breathing.
- Loss of vocal pitch.
- Choking or coughing while swallowing food, drink or saliva.
- The need to take frequent breaths while speaking.
- Inability to speak loudly.
- Loss of your gag reflex.
What happens if vocal nodules go untreated?
About Vocal Nodules, Cysts, and Polyps
They can cause your voice to sound raspy, breathy, hoarse, or nasal. Your voice may crack or cut in and out as the bumps prevent your vocal cords from vibrating normally. Left untreated, vocal nodules, cysts, and polyps can lead to voice strain as you compensate for your injury.
How common are vocal nodules?
Anyone can get vocal nodules, including children. But these growths are more likely to form in women between the ages of 20 and 50 and in boys. The increased risk in these groups of people may have to do with the size of their larynx. Nodules are also a common problem among singers.
How do you soothe vocal nodules?
Ways to treat vocal nodules
Treatment starts with vocal rest. You’ll need to avoid singing, yelling, and whispering to bring down swelling and give nodules time to heal. Your doctor will tell you how long to rest. Voice therapy is another part of treatment.
How do you get rid of vocal nodules fast?
Some self-care methods may relieve and reduce strain on your voice:
- Breathe moist air.
- Rest your voice as much as possible.
- Drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration (avoid alcohol and caffeine).
- Moisten your throat.
- Stop drinking alcohol and smoking, and avoid exposure to smoke.
- Avoid clearing your throat.
How do doctors check for vocal nodules?
They may look into your throat to see how your vocal folds move. They can see if there are nodules or polyps on your vocal folds. They do this by putting a long tube, called an endoscope, in your mouth. A flashing light, called a stroboscope, lets the team watch your vocal folds move.