Swelling of the vocal cords prevents them from coming
together properly which makes a change in the voice.
Acute laryngitis usually occurs due to swelling of the
vocal cords from a common cold, upper respiratory tract
viral infection, or irritation caused by excessive voice
use such as screaming at a sporting event or rock concert.
can you do to prevent and treat mild hoarseness?
you smoke, quit.
second hand smoke.
substances that dehydrate the body, such as alcohol
plenty of water or liquids.
your diet and avoid spicy foods.
not to use your voice too long or too loudly.
speaking if possible
there specific risk factors for head and neck cancer?
many as 90% of head and neck cancers arise after prolonged
exposure to specific factors. Use of tobacco and alcoholic
beverages are closely linked with cancers of the mouth,
throat, voice box, and tongue. Prolonged exposure to
sunlight is linked with cancer of the lip and is also
an established major cause of skin cancer.
and Enlarged Adenoids
are the symptoms of tonsillitis?
of the tonsils.
than normal tonsils.
white or yellow coating on the tonsils.
slight voice change due to swelling.
or painful swallowing.
lymph nodes in the neck.
What are the symptoms of enlarged
adenoids or tonsils?
through the mouth instead of the nose most of the
sounds stuffy when the person speaks.
breathing during the day.
stops for a few seconds at night during snoring or
loud breathing (sleep apnea)
is the removal of tonsils and/or adenoids recommended?
two primary reasons for removal of tonsils and/or adenoids
are (1) recurrent infection despite antibiotic therapy
and (2) difficulty breathing due to enlarged tonsils
and/or adenoids. Recent studies also indicate the removal
of adenoids is a beneficial treatment for some children
with fluid in the middle ear.
occurs when floppy tissue in the airway relaxes during
sleep and vibrates. Forty-five percent of normal adults
snore at least occasionally, and 25 percent are habitual
snorers. Problem snoring is more frequent in males and
overweight persons, and it usually grows worse with
can you do to help mild snoring?
Adults who suffer from mild or occasional snoring should
try the following self-help remedies:
a healthy and athletic lifestyle to develop good muscle
tone and lose weight.
Avoid tranquilizers, sleeping pills, and antihistamines
alcohol for at least four hours and heavy meals or
snacks for three hours before bedtime.
regular sleep patterns.
on your side rather than your back.
the head of your bed upwards four inches.