Ruptured Vocal Cord
Having a ruptured vocal cord is a difficult situation. It’s not critical unless you have high blood pressure or a stroke, but this still is no reason to abuse your vocal cords.
Ruptured Vocal Cord Symptoms
- If you have a hoarse voice for an extended period of time, your vocal cords might be on the way to becoming ruptured.
- An aching throat is also a precursor.
Causes of Ruptured Vocal Cords
- A stroke. If the loss of speech is very abrupt, it may indicate that the part of the brain that controls the voice is damaged or has not enough blood, hence oxygen, is going to the brain.
- Damage in the vocal cords. People who use their voices a lot in their jobs, like teachers and entertainers, encounter this problem now and then.
Ruptured Vocal Cord Treatment
- In rare cases where stroke is the root of the problem, the patient must seek immediate medical attention. A delay may spread the damage to other parts of the brain.
- If the rupture in vocal cords is just a ‘œrash’ in the area itself, total rest for the vocal cords is needed. In other words, do not talk at all until it’s totally healed.
- Drink a lot of water as it soothes the wind pipe.
- Eat fruits and vegetables, which hasten healing processes.
- Do not take in chilled liquids or foods.
- Exercising is a good treatment. Gently try to produce monosyllabic sounds like aa, eee, oo, oh, etc, until your voice comes back.
- Don’t abuse or overstress the vocal cords with activities like excessively loud and prolonged voice use.