How can vocal cord inflammation be treated?
Q: I am a 30 years old man having a throat ache for the last eight months, which started two months after I went overseas. The laryngoscopy showed that there is a moderate to severe vocal chord inflammation. Laryngoscopy also did not reveal any cyst or tumours. I was told to take acid blockers prilosec, however after taking it continuously for 6 months things did not change. I feel difficulty in talking because the pain starts from the throat and affects the ears. I am a singer and this pain has made my life miserable. I have observed that warm and humid climate makes me feel better. Please advise.
A:By the history: you seem to suffer from:
- GERD, which also seems to have been diagnosed earlier, as you were given anti-acid. Maybe you get an opinion of a gastroenterologist, who would do an upper GI endoscopy, possibly with pH monitoring in the oesophagus, and advise further.
- Vocal abuse: not using the vocal cords properly while talking. This could be further diagnosed by stroboscopy, and speech therapy.
- Steam inhalation, and frequent sips of water when you are talking would help.