World Voice Day is April 16th. In recognition of World Voice Day here are a few helpful tips from the Otolaryngology arena.
Our voice box or larynx is made of several different parts including our vocal cords. To keep the vocal cords healthy remember to do the following:
1. Avoid shouting and screaming for long periods of time
2. Drink one liter of water per day
3. For people living in colder climates, run a humidifier in your bedroom to moisturize your nasal and throat passages
4. If you experience hoarseness that lasts for over 7 days, come and see an Otolaryngologist (Ear, Nose and Throat Doctor). We will place a lighted tube in your nose to directly visualize your voice box.
Happy World Voice Day!
As human beings, we depend on our voice box to interact with one another. Our larynx or “voice box” lies in the neck and contains the vocal cords. Upper respiratory infections, congestion, phlegm or silent reflux can disrupt the delicate parts of the larynx and may lead to hoarseness. Polyps, vocal cord cancerous and non-cancerous growths can also lead to a change in voice. If you have noticed an alteration in your voice you should seek consultation with an ear, nose and throat specialist.
When I see a patient with hoarseness an integral part of my exam is a real time evaluation of the voice box. Using either a special mirror or a flexible scope I look at the vocal cords while I ask the patient to sing and speak. Once the exam is done I develop a comprehensive voice plan which may involve dietary, lifestyle changes, medicines or surgical intervention as needed.