Understanding Vocal Nodules
What are vocal nodules? Your vocal folds are inside your larynx, or voice box. When you talk, air moves from your lungs through the vocal folds to your mouth. The vocal folds vibrate to produce sound. Anything that makes it harder for the vocal folds to vibrate can cause a voice problem.
Vocal fold nodules are growths that form on the vocal folds. They are benign, or not cancerous. When you use your voice the wrong way, your vocal folds may swell. Over time, the swollen spots can get harder, like a callous. These nodules can get larger and stiffer if your vocal abuse continues.
Methods for treating vocal nodules-
- Improving vocal hygiene- Reduce shouting or excessive speaking
- Improve breath support- Practice deep diaphragmatic breathing techniques.
- Reduce alcohol consumption, smoking and caffeine intake- these behaviors dry out the vocal folds.
- Reduce late night eating- Eating before bed can cause reflux which damages the vocal folds. Do not eat prior to 3 hours before bed.
For more information check out https://www.asha.org/public/speech/disorders/vocal-cord-nodules-and-polyps/