Managing Voice Problems, or Dysphonia

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Dysphonia
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With an MD from the University of Illinois College of Medicine and board certification from both the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy and the American Board of Otolaryngology, Angelo Consiglio, MD, has practiced medicine for more than 30 years. Dr. Angelo Consiglio’s medical specialty includes the treatment and diagnosis of voice disorders, or dysphonia.

When exhaling and speaking, air passing through the throat and out the mouth travels gently over, or within, the open vocal cords. Excessive stress can injure the lungs, larynx, or mouth, resulting in complications with normal speaking. Besides the formation of scar tissue near the vocal cords due to smoking or throat cancer, people dependent upon potentially excessive use of their voice such as teachers, singers, or preachers also have an increased risk of dysphonia.

Symptoms demonstrated by voice disorders include chronic hoarseness lasting more than three weeks, difficulty breathing or swallowing with concurrent ear pain, and a low, rough voice. A constant obstruction sensation within the throat leading to frequent choking or coughing is commonly exhibited with dysphonia.

A trained clinician can easily diagnose voice disorders, the majority of which can be treated with rest. Chronic or more serious forms of dysphonia may require medication, surgery, and vocal therapy.

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