The vocal cords are what allow us to communicate with spoken words. The vocal cords are located inside the larynx, also known as the voice box. When we speak, air moves from our lungs to the vocal cords and up to the mouth. The vibrations produced by the vocal cords are what allow us to speak. Vocal cord nodules and polyps are growths that can form on the vocal cords, making it difficult for them to vibrate. 

Vocal Cord Nodules and Polyps Treatment Options 

Your treatment will depend on the size of the nodules or polyps and what caused them. The underlying condition will need to be examined, which may be done through acid reflux testing, endoscopic throat and voice box inspection, or allergy testing

Surgery can also remove the nodules or polyps. This is primarily done if they have grown large or have been there for a long period of time. Once the polyps are removed, speech therapy can help you take proper care of your voice and teach you about vocal habits that may contribute to the formation of vocal nodules and polyps. This will help prevent further problems in the future.

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Vocal Cord Nodules and Polyps

Vocal cord nodules are benign growths that form on the vocal cords. With repeated vocal mistreatment, your vocal cords can start to swell. Eventually, this leads to the swollen areas becoming firm and forming a nodule. The more you misuse your voice, the larger this nodule becomes.

Vocal cord polyps can appear as a swollen spot or bump on the vocal cords. It may also look like a blister or a growth that is long and thin. Polyps are typically larger than nodules and are more like blisters.

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Vocal Cord Nodule and Polyps Symptoms

Both polyps and nodules create similar symptoms in the vocal cords. This includes:

  • Hoarseness
  • Scratchy voice
  • Breathiness
  • Pain from ear to ear
  • Difficulty changing pitch
  • Vocal tiredness
  • Neck pain

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Texas ENT Specialists is a top-rated ENT provider in the Houston area. Established in 1997, our goal is to help patients find long-term relief from their ear, nose, and throat conditions. What sets Texas ENT Specialists apart in ENT care is:

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Vocal Cord Nodules and Polyps FAQ's

What are the causes of vocal cord polyps and nodules?

The primary cause for nodules is vocal misuse or abuse. Polyps are typically formed from vocal abuse, long-term cigarette smoking, and acid reflux. Vocal abuse typically includes:

  • Talking or singing loudly
  • Screaming
  • Caffeine and alcohol consumption
  • Smoking

Do all nodules and polyps require surgery?

No. Surgery is only used in specific cases when the nodules or polyps have grown large or have been present for a long period of time.

How can I prevent vocal cord nodules and polyps?

Some of the primary things you do for prevention include staying hydrated, not overusing or abusing your voice, and avoiding smoking. If you do need to strain your voice, ensure it has adequately rested before doing so.

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