How can I prevent a vocal cord lesion?

If you have a vocal cord disorder, you can:

  • Stop smoking, and avoid being in smoke-filled rooms.
  • If you have hypothyroidism, sinusitis, allergies, or reflux, get treatment.
  • Avoid excess use of alcohol and limit caffeine intake.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Get a good night’s sleep.
  • Avoid excessive talking or speaking loudly without adequate vocal rest.
  • Use a microphone.
  • Use a humidifier in your home.
  • Warm up your voice before singing or prolonged speaking.
  • Rest your voice in anticipation of future speaking obligations.
  • Avoid singing or excessive talking if you have an upper respiratory infection.
  • Wash your hands often.
  • Use stress reduction techniques, cognitive therapy, or yoga to lessen muscle tension.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 02/02/2019.


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  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Vocal Cord Nodules and Polyps. Accessed 3/12/2019.
  • Farley E, Kim A. An interdisciplinary approach to voice disorders. UWOMJ 80: 24-26, 2011.

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