Vocal Cord Polyp / Nodule / Cyst

Homeopathic treatment

Before delving into homeopathic treatment let us first discuss what conventional or allopathic treatment has to offer.

Vocal cord polyp / nodule / cyst may be treated medically, surgically and behaviourally. Surgical intervention involves removing the polyp / nodule / cyst from the vocal cord only when the size is very large or has existed for a long time. Two types of surgeries may be done:

Phonosurgery: With careful incision vocal polyp / nodule / cyst is removed from the vocal cord.

Microlaryngoscopy: Laryngoscope is used and a tool is inserted via mouth without making any skin incision.

Common side effects of surgery are scarring and recurrence.

Underlying medical problems which may be the cause of vocal cord polyp may be treated to reduce their impact on the vocal cords which include treatment for GERD with antacids, allergies with anti allergics and so on.

Behavioural intervention: Some patients require behavioural intervention or voice therapy.

Antibiotics and painkillers are given in conventional or allopathic treatment but with only temporary relief which offers no long term betterment in condition.

How does homeopathy helps

Homeopathic treatment for those who suffers from vocal cord polyp / nodule / cyst can be a big sigh of relief. The remedies are effective especially when the size is small. In case of big one’s size can be reduced with the help of the remedies. Timely administration of the remedies helps to avoid worsening of the symptoms and spare you from the surgery. Moreover, it is very common for the condition to recur even after surgery.

The treatment in homeopathy is targeted towards the root cause of the problem. Homeopathy is a holistic system of medicine. This means that it treats the body as a whole. Detailed history of the patient is taken into consideration including the cause of the disease while prescribing the appropriate remedies. This form of treatment is known as constitutional treatment. As every patient presents different picture of the same problem so every patient gets a different remedy also. This is the beauty of the homeopathic system of medicine.

Usually, when a person feels a scratch or pain in throat, he or she opts for throat syrups or medicated candies which consist of anaesthetics or demulcents, giving a temporary relief from the symptoms. But the main cause is left undealt with. This is where the problem starts taking an ugly turn. This is where one should immediately seek proper homeopathic treatment to avoid further consequences in the form of vocal cord polyp / nodule / cyst.

The underlying causes of vocal cord polyp like GERD, allergies, sinusitis and tonsillitis can also be effectively treated with homeopathy.

Gradually with homeopathic remedies, the suffering patient will get betterment in hoarseness of voice, pain in throat, pain when speaking, tickling rawness in the throat, constant need to clear the throat and so on. Symptoms of illness varies from patient to patient depending on the cause of the problem.

Homeopathic treatment along with voice therapy is a good combination to progress rapidly towards recovery.

Also homeopathy is recommended for people who have had surgery done to remove vocal polyps / nodules / cysts. This would have a preventive effect by minimizing the chance of recurrence. Moreover remedies help in post-operative healing of the wound with minimum scarring.

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What is vocal cord polyp / nodule / cyst

The vocal folds are also known as vocal cords, and are located within the larynx also known as voice box at the top of the trachea.

The vocal cords / vocal reeds are composed of twin infolding of mucous membranes which form ‘V’ shaped structure. They are open during inhalation and comes together to close during swallowing and phonation. When closed, the vocal folds may vibrate and modulate the expelled airflow from the lungs to produce speech and singing.

The size of vocal fold is different for both males and females. The male vocal folds are generally longer and thicker due to which male voices are lower pitched while female vocal folds are smaller and thinner due to which female voices are higher pitched.

Vocal polyp can take a number of forms. They are sometimes caused by vocal abuse. Polyps appear on either one or both sides of the vocal cords. They appear as a swelling or bump, a stalk like growth, or a blister like lesion. Most polyps are larger than nodules and may be called by other names, such as polypoid degeneration, reinke’s edema.

Vocal polyps are seen mainly in the singers, teachers, public speakers and in the people who use their voices roughly to a great extent. Sometimes, regular smokers also develop the risk of getting prone to this condition.

Vocal cord nodules (singer’s nodes, screamer’s nodes) are benign growths on both vocal cords that are caused by vocal abuse. Over time, repeated abuse of the vocal cords result in soft, swollen spots on each vocal cord. These spots develop into harder, callous like growths called nodules.

Vocal cord cyst is a firm mass of tissue contained within a membrane (sac). The cyst can be located near the surface of the vocal cord or deeper, near the ligament of the vocal cord.

Causes

Vocal cord polyp may be caused by long-term vocal abuse but sometime it may develop suddenly due to trauma to the cords; for example yelling at a concert, screaming while watching cricket match or rash singing. Longterm cigarette smoking, hypothyroidism and GERD may also cause polyp formation.

The main cause behind nodule formation is vocal abuse or misuse in the form of:

  • Smoking
  • Chronic or untreated allergies
  • Recurrent laryngitis
  • Sinusitis
  • Tonsillitis
  • Postnasal drips
  • Muscle tension dysphonia
  • GERD
  • Chronic throat clearing
  • Chronic coughing
  • Whispering
  • Talking loudly
  • Cheerleading
  • Frequent alcohol intake (dries out the throat and vocal cords)
  • Frequent caffeine intake
  • Longterm chewing of peppermint
  • Regular use of nasal decongestants
  • Inhaling mosquito repellants

Signs & symptoms

  • Hoarseness
  • Fluttering speech
  • Voice quality worsening with use but recovers with rest dramatically
  • Decreased pitch range
  • Pain in the throat with inflammation
  • Tickling sensation in the throat
  • Voice stuck in throat
  • Lump in a throat sensation
  • Shooting pain from ear to ear
  • Unable to sing quietly
  • Tightness, throat discomfort
  • Unable to hold a steady pitch
  • Vocal fatigue
  • Neck pain
  • Rough, scratchy voice
  • Painful speech production

How to diagnose

If you have experienced a hoarse voice for more than 2 to 3 weeks then you are advised for voice evaluation which includes:

  • A physician’s examination especially ENT, who specializes in throat diseases
  • A voice evaluation by a speech-language pathologist (SLP)
  • A neurological examination

Examination will evaluate vocal quality, pitch, loudness, ability to sustain voicing and other voice characteristics.

Laryngoscopy: This involves inserting an endoscope into the mouth or nose to look at the larynx in general and vocal cords in particular for polyp / nodule / cyst.

A stroboscope (flashing light) may also be used to watch the vocal cords as they move.

Self-help and home remedies

  • Keep a fervid check on your throat and voice changes
  • Drink loads of water in a day but avoid drinking immediately after intake of meals
  • Let your water linger around the throat for some time to moisten the throat area making it plump and soft
  • Steaming your throat thrice in a day also serves well
  • Gargle using warm water with a pinch of salt added to it, thrice in day to increase the moisture in the throat.
  • Maintain a pitch norm
  • Eat healthy and fresh fruits daily such as melons, cantaloupe, honey dew, strawberries and watermelons
  • Avoid drinking icy cold water or hot boiling fluids to remove strain from the throat muscles.
  • Avoid eating fried foods and acidic stuff to avoid reflux and to keep a check on GERD
  • Avoid excessive intake of alcohol, caffeine and stop smoking right away
  • Use proper warm ups before singing and do not forget to take breaks in between the performances
  • Avoid shouting unnecessarily
  • Rest your voice
  • Reduce tension in the throat
  • Go for natural substances to relax your throat like herbal teas
  • Keep away from allergies and treat using homeopathic remedies
  • Maintain good oral hygiene
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hlo sir i am working as a tecr .i am affected from vocal cord polyp problem .doctors advice to you must surgery.but i can't beleive .so please any permanent treatment for any homeopathy method plz rply me sir.thanking u.

Gunamathi
Nov 20, 2017 10:44 pm Reply

I have been diagnosed with Voice cord polyp . Modern medicine is suggesting surgery for it . PLease usggest some homoepathic medicine

Binay
Oct 13, 2017 5:36 pm Reply

Suffering from change in voice for around one month and diagnosed one small nodule on vocal chord.Taken allopathic medicine without any distinguishable improvement.Please suggest.I am suffering for around twenty years and a teacher by profession.

Santanu Datta
Aug 26, 2017 4:45 pm Reply

My son (8 years old) is having a small cyst on left vc. Can homeopathy treatment prevent this?

Arindam Roy
Aug 21, 2017 2:22 pm Reply

I have been suffering from speech problem since last 2 yrs and taking pacitane 2mg twice daily from neurologist and there is no improvement kindly advice

Dr Nalin Lahon
Aug 11, 2017 6:42 pm Reply

How it can be treated.. Presently i am on complete vocal cord rest.

Kaushalya Gupta
Jul 24, 2017 8:28 pm Reply

I have cyst on my vocal card and I have undergone MLS two times and removed the cyst but it's reoccurring at the same place whereby I'm feeling difficult to speak as my professional is marketing so I must attend calls everyday. I have been using homeo medicine since one year but cyst size could not reduce and in fact size is increased. Pl suggest me the right solution

Nageswara Rao Mugata
Jun 21, 2017 10:21 pm Reply

I am sufferings vocal cord problem (voice crack),dr said this problem for allergy's disorder. plz suggest me

Mr Faruk
Jun 3, 2017 12:29 am Reply

I am sugaring vocal cord polyp form last 6month and today 1st time I has visited one ENT Dr .and he has advised me surgery .but I want homipathy treatment..kindly advice me

Raja Banik
Mar 3, 2017 11:37 pm Reply

voice changed from 60 days

Goutham Jain
Nov 8, 2016 6:00 pm Reply

Sir,I am suffering from vocal cord polyp on right side about one year.I am taking homeopathic medicine from local docter but yet not relief. Please suggests me.

Manoj Kr.Sharma
Oct 16, 2016 2:19 pm Reply

I am suffering vocal cord problem . Some time my voice is too low that I cannot talk. Inside my

Nd. Amir Hamza
Oct 6, 2016 1:39 pm Reply

My voice r not clear for last two month.due to cyst in my left throat.doctor advice me for operation.but I want homeo pathy solution without operation .please help me recomended homeopathy medicine.

Kalim Khan
Jul 24, 2016 10:51 pm Reply

Respected Sir, I Sandip Ruidas suffering in vocal cord problems ,on the bassis of endoscopic report there has a polyp at left vocal cord .I am teacher in profession,so I can't completly stop my speach . Therefor I requesting to you kindly prescribed me what shoud be done for my improvement by medicine .

Sandip Ruidas
Jun 12, 2016 7:43 am Reply Dear Sir, I am suffering from vocal chord polyp on the left chord since last six months, I am taking homeopathic treatment from local doctor since last six months and there is no improvement at all, please guide shall I continue treatment or stop it. D.K.Sadalge
Sep 7, 2016 5:12 pm

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