Monday, November 26, 2012

Potential Vocal Cord Damage?

I'm a male and I had a huge argument with my father which led to me screaming at the top of my lungs. Ever since then, I couldn't speak or sing properly. It didn't help that I got sick afterwards from the common cold and coughing a lot either. Now... I have a cough that won't go away and when I speak I feel pain. What should I do?

Melissa Kim M.S., CCC-SLP replies...

Voice over-use and a cold... the perfect storm! Persistent cough and pain with speaking warrants a trip to an Ear, Nose, and Throat physician. In the meantime, rest your voice as much as possible, drink plenty of non-caffeinated fluids, and avoid any environmental irritants, such as smoke.

Good luck to you!


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