Hemorrhage in the Vocal Cords. Causes and Treatments.
Hemorrhage in the vocal cords is a condition that can affect the ability to speak and sing, causing discomfort and concern.
Below, we will explain in detail what hemorrhage in the vocal cords entails, its possible causes, associated symptoms, and available treatments to recover voice and vocal health.
If you are experiencing symptoms related to vocal cord hemorrhage, seeking specialized medical attention is essential.
What is Vocal Cord Hemorrhage?
It is a condition in which bleeding occurs in the tissues of the vocal cords, which are two bands of tissue located in the larynx responsible for producing sound during speech and singing.
When there is a hemorrhage in the vocal cords, there may be visible bleeding or a buildup of blood in the tissues, affecting their function and causing difficulties in voice production.
Causes of Vocal Cord Hemorrhage
There are several possible causes of vocal cord hemorrhage, including:
- Excessive or vocal abuse: Overstraining the vocal cords, such as speaking or singing vigorously for prolonged periods or at inappropriate volume levels, can lead to vocal hemorrhage.
- Nodules or polyps on the vocal cords: These are benign growths or lesions that can form on the vocal cords due to chronic vocal abuse, such as incorrect voice use or smoking.
- Traumatic injuries: Direct blows or traumas to the area of the vocal cords can cause hemorrhage.
- Chronic inflammation: Chronic inflammatory conditions, such as chronic laryngitis, can damage the tissues of the vocal cords and lead to hemorrhage.
The symptoms of vocal cord hemorrhage can vary in severity and duration. The most common ones include:
- Throat pain or discomfort.
- Hoarseness or changes in voice quality.
- Coughing up blood or presence of blood in phlegm.
- Difficulty speaking or singing.
- Feeling of having something stuck in the throat.
Treatments for Vocal Cord Hemorrhage:
- Vocal rest: Avoiding excessive use of the voice and allowing the vocal cords to recover.
- Vocal therapy: Working with a speech therapist or speech-language pathologist to learn proper voice production techniques and prevent future injuries.
- Medications: Medications may be prescribed to reduce inflammation and promote tissue healing.
- Surgery: In severe cases or when there are persistent polyps or nodules, surgical intervention may be necessary to remove the lesions and restore vocal function.
If you are experiencing symptoms of vocal cord hemorrhage, do not wait for the symptoms to worsen or become a persistent concern. Seek professional help and obtain an accurate diagnosis and personalized treatment plan to recover your voice and preserve your vocal health.
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