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Vocal Cord Polyps


A vocal cord polyp

is a growth that develops on your vocal cords. Vocal cord polyps can occur on one or both vocal cords. They may be caused by overuse of your voice. Examples include singing, yelling, or frequent talking required by a job such as teaching. Hypothyroidism, allergies, gastroesophageal reflux disease and smoking may also cause polyps. The most common symptom is a hoarse or husky voice.

Contact your healthcare provider for the following:

  • No improvement or worsening of your symptoms
  • Questions or concerns about your condition or care

Treatment for vocal cord polyps

include voice rest and voice therapy. Voice therapy involves training to decrease the strain you put on your vocal cords. You may also need treatment for any conditions that are causing your polyps. Surgery may be done to remove the polyps.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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