- Patient History
- Pulmonary Function Testing
- Investigation of Irritants
- Respiratory Training
- Reflux Medication
VOCAL CORD DYSFUNCTION SYMPTOMS
The most indicating symptom of vocal dysfunction is difficulty in breathing through the symptoms range from mild to severe cases. Another symptom is constrictions in the throat region.
Symptoms that can be experienced with vocal cord dysfunction are:
- Tightness in the throat.
- Difficulty in breathing in.
- Feeling light-headed.
- Inspiratory stridor i.e noise as a result of inhalation.
- Feeling of breathing through a straw.
- Loud breaths.
- Sudden loss of voice.
VOCAL CORD DYSFUNCTION CAUSES
Paradoxical vocal cord dysfunction is attributed mostly to stress mostly before a performance or a competition and the vocal folds have been strained and stressed. This is because there is no particular cause of the paradoxical vocal fold movement.
It can last for several minutes or even hours depending but it can also lead to fainting due to the inadequacy of air through the airways to the voice box. This disorder is not life-threatening and the action is said to be passive i.e involuntary action.
When a patient faints, the vocal folds tend to spread open and the vocal cord spasm relaxes permitting the inflow of air that passes through from the trachea down to the lungs.
Another possible cause or trigger of the vocal cord attack is acid reflux. When the acid reflux in the system is strong enough to get to the throat, it can lead to an irritation in the vocal cord triggering a closure as a means of protecting it. Therefore, this protection mechanism results in a possible VCD attack.
Other possible causes of the PVFM are:
- Breathing in cold air.
- Emotional stress.
- Inhalation of lung irritants
- Viral infection.
- Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD).
- How do you stop a VCD?
The speech therapy administered by the speech-language pathologist is the best treatment for vocal cord dysfunction as breathing exercises and voice training will be done.
- How do you lubricate vocal cords?
The best way of lubricating the vocal cord is by keeping hydrated always. It is recommended that a person should drink 64 ounces of water per day. This volume produces thin and watery mucus.
- How do I relax my vocal cords?
Placing the hands on the chest and massaging the surface then raising the chin and rubbing the chin back and forth for 20 seconds.
- How can I speak without straining my vocal cords?
Deep breaths from the chest are used to support the voice especially in singers and speakers who minister or speak regularly. Therefore, deep breaths help in reducing strains in the vocal cord.
- How do I stop vocal fatigue?
Resting the vocals and hydration is the best way to prevent and stop fatigue in the vocals.