Treatment of Vocal Nodules, Polyps and Cysts

by Admin on June 6, 2013

The last time we have discussed the subject of vocal fold lesions, what they are and how they appear. Yet we have not touched the question of how to get rid of them if they appear. In this article I will try to uncover the most common techniques of healing vocal nodules and other kinds of vocal cord lesions.

Getting rid of vocal nodules, cysts and polyps

Developing and permanent nodules indicate that there is something wrong with your technique. The first and the most important thing to remember is that prevention is better than cure. Your voice needs rest. If your voice becomes hoarse, stop irritating cords, or they will remain swollen. Do not speak; let the voice rest for at least a couple of days.

If you still got vocal nodules on your vocal cords, the easiest way to cure them is an extensive voiceless period, which means no singing, no speaking or whispering for about two weeks. Not a single sound! Singing exercises can wait, as well as the people around; use a pen and a sheet of paper to communicate with the others. This may cause nodules to disappear on their own accord. A voiceless period can still be used to work on breathing and supporting exercises as these do not involve the cords directly. At the end of these two weeks, seek for a new diagnosis from the specialist. If nodules are gone away, it’s the right time to learn the correct techniques to avoid problems in the future. If small areas of the nodules remain, try another voiceless week until they are gone.

If vocal nodules are not gone after a voiceless period, speech therapist may assist the singer in exercising the nodules away, or even suggest an operation, where the nodules are cut away from the vocal cords with a laser. Vocal cords are healed about ten days after the operation.

Vocal cord polyps are generally treated in the same way as nodules are, since they all are most often caused by voice abuse and misuse. Cysts are a different story, since they may appear on their own accord. Surgery is more likely with cysts than with the other kinds of vocal cord lesions. In any case, consult with a doctor first and listen closely to a professional advice.

Vocal lesion treatment can vary according to the degree of voice limitation. Demands of the patient also play an important role in treatment selection. Remember that appropriate and successful treatment is very individual, so consult and listen to the clinical judgment of the otolaryngologist. And as it has been told many times before, don’t forget that using correct singing techniques helps to keep voice in shape and prevent many kinds of voice problems in the future.

It’s important to remember that whatever method is used to heal vocal cords, the singer must learn the correct technique afterwards so he or she does not damage the voice again. If the voice becomes hoarse again, continuing to sing will make it hoarser and hoarser, the voice fails again, followed with another voiceless period, speech therapist or operation.

There are few options how to learn the correct singing techniques if you have experienced problems with vocal cords or your are cautious enough to prevent them in the future. If you are seasoned singer and your voice is your commodity that brings you income, I would suggest taking professional private singing lessons as it would be the safest and easiest way to go. If you are just starting to sing or are on a tight budget, take a look at the following singing video course that is another excellent way to go.

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That should be all about vocal nodule treatment. If you feel you might have vocal fold lesions, I strongly recommend you seeking medical advice first. Proper diagnosis is crucial for successful treatment. If you liked this article, please help spread the word and share it with your friends using the buttons below. Thank you for reading. Till next time, friends.

 

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