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Fort Smith Vocal Cord Paralysis: What You Need to Know

Vocal cord paralysis affects countless of people every year. This occurs when the nerve impulses to your larynx (voice box) are interrupted—thus, resulting to vocal cord muscle paralysis. Atlanta vocal cord paralysis greatly affects an individual’s ability to speak and even breathe. This is because vocal cords don’t just produce sounds, but also act as protection to your airway by preventing food, drink and even saliva from entering the wind pipe, which causes choking. Symptoms of vocal cord paralysis, include: 

  • A breathy voice quality
  • Hoarseness
  • Noisy breathing
  • Vocal pitch loss
  • Choking or coughing while swallowing food, drink or saliva
  • The need to take frequent breaths while speaking
  • Inability to speak loudly
  • Loss of your gag reflex
  • Ineffective coughing
  • Frequent throat clearing

Causes of Vocal Cord Paralysis

Causes for vocal cord paralysis vary. These different causes also requires different treatments. Most of the most common causes of vocal cord analysis include: 

  • Injury to the vocal cord during surgery
  • Neck or chest injury
  • Stroke
  • Tumors
  • Inflammation in the vocal cords
  • Neurological conditions

When to See a Doctor?

You will know that seeing a doctor is already required when you notice an unexplained, persistent hoarseness for more than 3-4 weeks, or any unexplained voice changes or discomfort. A good ENT doctor can help you get treatment before things get worse. 

Arkansas Center for Ear, Nose, Throat, and Allergy Vocal Cord Paralysis Treatments

For your Fort Smith vocal cord paralysis problem, Arkansas Center for Ear, Nose, Throat, and Allergy has the right treatments ready for you. Our throat specialists have extensive experience in diagnosing and treating this condition, so you can be assured of excellent health care. 

With Arkansas Center for Ear, Nose, Throat, and Allergy, you and your family are worry-free. 

Schedule your appointment today!