Otolaryngology Book


Voice Abuse

Aka: Voice Abuse, Vocal Abuse, Voice Overuse
  1. See also
    1. Hoarseness
  2. Risk Factors
    1. Children (screamers)
    2. Cheerleaders
    3. Singers
    4. Workers in noisy environments
    5. Teachers
    6. Lawyers
  3. Symptoms
    1. Hoarseness
    2. Upper Neck Pain
    3. Pharyngitis
    4. Symptoms exacerbated by speaking, screaming or singing
  4. Signs: Vocal cord findings
    1. Vocal Cord Nodules ("Singers Nodules")
    2. Vocal Cord Polyps (associated with smoke exposure)
    3. Contact ulcers
  5. Management
    1. Maximize rest
    2. Maintain adequate hydration over 64 ounces per day
    3. Avoid provocative factors
      1. Avoid breathing polluted air
      2. Avoid Tobacco or Marijuana
      3. Avoid Alcohol or drugs
      4. Avoid loud speaking (sporting event, bar, airport)
      5. Do not vocalize while yawning
      6. Avoid constant throat clearing
      7. Avoid excessive whispering
      8. Avoid modifying natural speaking voice
      9. Avoid excessive voice use during Laryngitis
      10. Avoid exacerbating medications
        1. Corticosteroids
        2. Drying medications
          1. Coffee
          2. Tricyclic Antidepressants
  6. References
    1. Rosen (1998) Am Fam Physician 57(11):2775 [PubMed]

Voice abuse (C0702112)

Concepts Individual Behavior (T055)
SnomedCT 16266001
English vocal abuse, abuse voice, Vocal abuse, Voice abuse, Voice abuse (finding)
Spanish abuso de la voz (hallazgo), abuso de la voz, abuso vocal
Derived from the NIH UMLS (Unified Medical Language System)

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