How to Help Prevention of Vocal Nodules
Vocal nodules may appear on the vocal folds whenever extended periods of yelling or screaming, or sustained speaking or singing at a higher pitch than is natural, unduly stress the voice. A presence of vocal nodules will increase if the voice continues to be abused, or, once affected by nodules without treatment, they may multiply even if the abuse ends. Worse, left untreated, vocal nodules harden, making eventual treatment and cure more difficult. As a result, a diagnosis of vocal nodules should always be addressed by treatment.
One of the greatest difficulties with vocal nodules is that they cannot be seen by personal observation. The vocal folds on which vocal nodules grow are too deep into the throat to be seen through the open mouth without the use of a scope. Therefore, a positive diagnosis by an individual may be flawed because there are several disorders that exhibit the same symptoms: a scratchy, hoarse voice and occasional pain when speaking. However, the very best treatment should be applied before symptoms appear. It is proactive treatment, through not allowing damage the voice (causing vocal nodules) in the first place.
Avoid yelling. Be peaceable and calm, even at the football. Let everyone else yell.
A daily regimen of drinking plenty of fluids, mostly ordinary water, with six to eight glasses per day. The more water the better. Although drowning is the result of a truly excessive consumption of fluid, that incident is extremely rare.
Stop smoking. This is a critical habit with poor consequences. Rather than straining at the edges of justification that smoking calms the nerves or prevents obesity (although many over-weight people smoke), there are safer products available to address both conditions, but there is absolutely nothing of value to say of smoking that is beneficial to the voice.
Eat several servings (four, five, six, or more, if wanted) of fresh fruits and vegetables daily. Avoid peeling fruit unnecessarily. Skin of fruit is high in fibre; good for the body. Peel a banana or a pineapple, but eat the apple, pear, peach and apricot with their skins.
These are healthy, safe and tasty tips for prevention of vocal nodules.
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