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Vocal Issues: Infections

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Vocal Issues: Infections

Vocal Issues Due to Infections

Common infections that affect the voice include:

  1. Sinusitis – infection of the sinuses can cause  post nasal drip and mucous, which drips onto the vocal cords and dampens their vibration.
  2. Tonsillitis – infection of the tonsils can cause a severe sore throat, airway obstruction and vocal fatigue.
  3. Laryngitis – infection of the vocal cords themselves can cause hoarseness due to swelling and excess mucous.
  4. Bronchitis – infection of the lungs can cause a cough that irritates the vocal cords.
  5. Oral or systemic yeast – more of an overgrowth than a true infection, yeast causes a thick mucous covering over the vocal cords and swelling.
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Linda D. Dahl, MD