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How an apple can save abused vocal cords?



When someone says that an apple a day keeps the doctor away, he IS NOT kidding. You might not know this, but apples can definitely save your vocal cords from further injury, heal a present symptom, or help in preventing vocal cord problems altogether. Fruits, especially apples, are usually beneficial to your vocal cords, as they're an excellent source of healthy proteins and vitamin C, which is scientifically proven to increase our body's immune system, as well as boost nutrient absorption and use in the body. The natural occurring vitamin C in apple will cure vocal cord problems quickly as vitamin C is known to hasten wound healing.

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  • An apple a day provides you with 25 percent of the recommended intake of vitamin C. To top this, apples also contain a decent amount of vitamin E, which protects your body's tissues through extermination of free radicals that are responsible for tissue deterioration.
  • If you are a smoker, which increases the chance of damaging your vocal cords, eating an apple will greatly benefit your voice. Apples contain flavonoids, highly needed nutrients that your body needs to combat tissue and organ damage.
  • Apple cider vinegar. Organic health experts agree that apple cider vinegar may help clear the vocal cords of phlegm, mucus and even nodules and other complications. One of the most widely used suggested advantages of apple cider vinegar is its power to sanitize your mouth and throat from bacteria and also sooth an irritated throat. But, the apple cider solution may actually do the opposite way than heal. A highly concentrated acidic content could potentially burn or even irritate the throat. It is important to note that while most of the suggested uses intended for apple cider vinegar are not based on proven fact, acetic acid - the primary compound of ACV - can work as an expectorant, thus gargling with apple cider vinegar can help clear away mucus as well as phlegm, but it does not prevent or treat the original cause of phlegm/mucus buildup. However, it does soothe your throat problems ... BIG TIME.
  • Local therapy using apple cider vinegar. Put two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, along with a tablespoon of honey, into a pot of drinking water. To increase the effectiveness of this cure, you can add a little cayenne pepper too. Drink that twice a day.
  • Prepare a solution by mixing one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar inside a glass of water. Gargle with the solution at least three to four times a day until you feel relief. After you gargle, an acidic feeling is made in your mouth which will kill harmful germs and bacteria. You may also mix a single tablespoon of apple cider vinegar by a wine glass of drinking water, preferably hot, or any other beverage. Do this at regular intervals for a couple of hours.
  • On the other hand, fruits also incorporate higher amounts of vitamin products that help tissues regenerate and usually helps in avoiding the common frosty and sore throat and increases defense characteristics of the body, and the E vitamin can be a highly effective anti-oxidant that guards cell membranes plus helps defense characteristics of the body. Some fruits additionally help with keeping the mucus membranes in your throats healthy, making sure that all of us prevent irritation in your throats after we shout.
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Will singing with a sore throat cause permanent damage to my vocal cords?


Never try to sing when you have a sore throat, or experience any kind of discomfort when you are singing. You will cause significant damage to your vocal cords. Your body will repair this damage, but you will build up scar tissue each time you sing with a sore throat. This will cause a serious problem when you try to reach the notes you were singing when you did the damage. The scar tissue will make the note sound raspy or, in severe situations, you will not be able to hit the note at all. Without surgery, this damage is not reversible.

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Yes it could cause a permanent damage, even though it would be a simple sore throat from the start. Sore throat can become worst or could attain a long term damage if you kept singing with a sore throat. So best to do is take a rest and wait for your throat o be OK nor go to a doctor and have him checked your throat for you.

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I have vocal cord cancer, what can you suggest to help?


Question Detail: Liquids directly affecting vocal cords are very controversial. Some say yes, liquids directly help, and others say no, they do not directly affect them since vocal cords are in the airway of the throat, not the path that foods and liquids follow. I am confused. I have vocal cord cancer and it is said to be caused by smoke, bad air, etc., passing through the airway past the vocal cords, and reflux affects vocal cords which makes sense. I understand hydration and good nutrition, but none of that directly touches the vocal cords. Any suggestions?

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One of the leading causes for cancer in the vocal cords is smoking. Add to that heavy alcohol consumption and you've got the leading cause for cancer. Even if you have already been diagnosed with vocal cord cancer, there are still ways to lessen the effects it will have on you. To take better care of your voice and avoid any physical or vocal strain, here are some suggestions:

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  • Quit smoking.
  • Don't shout, and quit straining your voice by making unnecessary and unnatural sounds.
  • Set a day each week to commit to not speaking; this way you'll be able to take a vacation from all the talking.
  • Drink lots of water. Make it a habit to constantly hydrate your body; the water will act as a powerful lubricant for your voice box.
  • Swallow small amounts of food, and take your time in your chewing to minimize the stress level of your throat.
  • Practice having excellent posture.
  • Drink warm tea or juices that will help in soothing your vocal cords.
  • Strengthen your immune system by taking vitamins regularly to prevent you from acquiring coughs or sneezing, which may cause a good amount of straining in your throat.
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Below are my suggestions to properly help you on your vocal cord cancer:

  • Avoid smoking. Vocal cord cancers mostly seen in patients with smoking histories. Smoking a tobacco or a cigarette packs various carcinogenic compounds and it may also irritate your vocal cord resulting to proliferation of cancer cells.
  • Eat a well-balanced and nutritious foods. The rationale behind it is to strengthen your body's immune system to fight and to slows down the growth of cancer cells.
  • Eat garlic cloves or garlic oil. There are some studies that ingesting a bulb of garlic helps in killing some various types of cancer cells. The allicin content of the garlic is the main responsible in killing cancer cells. Chop a whole bulb of raw garlic into tiny bits and add it into your daily diet.
  • Exercise daily. Exercise is also best for your body to strengthen it's immune system and to improve blood circulation efficiently delivering macrophages and antibodies to fight the cancer cells.
  • Get medical treatment. Proper medical treatment in combined with natural home-remedies and exercise will greatly help you manage your vocal cord cancer.
  • Surgery. Surgery is also one of the best management of vocal cord cancers. Surgery sometimes is needed to efficiently stop the proliferation of the cancer cells throughout your body. Depending on what stage your vocal cord cancer, it is always a good idea to seek medical help to properly diagnose your vocal cord cancer and if its necessary, the doctor may advice you to have a vocal cord surgery to properly remove the cancerous tissues on your vocal cord.

The above tips will help you properly manage your vocal cord cancer.

What home remedy could I use to lube my vocal cords after talking all day?

In addition to plain tap or warm water, one of the things that you can do is drink Aloe Vera juice. Aloe vera is well known for its soothing and moisturizing properties, and that's why it has been very popular as a moisturizer for the skin and even the scalp. Aloe vera juice would be able to provide the same benefits as it provides to the external skin. It will soothe the overblown vocal folds and help it to glide smoothly. Extracting the Aloe Vera gel directly from the plant and then converting it into a drink may taste rather bitter. If you do not prefer this, it is best to mix the gel together with other soothing fruits and vegetables such as melon, peach, and cucumber and then mixing it with jelly. Steams with mint and other soothing essential oils are also good to use after a whole day of talking. Not only will it calm your senses, but it also helps you in breathing normally, in a way that does not cause stress to your vocal cords. Also, it soothes inflammation that may have already been there.

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You can either use honey tea or any form of honey beverage in order to help lube your voice up after talking or straining your throat after a long period of time. Also you can use milk which will help to lube your throat as well as clear obstruction or mucus which will be lodged into your throat during the day. A warm liquid will help for you to clear your throat of obstructions as well as clearing out the mucus in your throat as well as the milk/honey will help.

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How to revive a lazy vocal cord?

Hot beverages can help your vocal cords loosen up a bit and begin to produce normal sound. Lazy vocal cords are usually experienced in the morning, just as you got up. It happens because the muscles rested for the whole night and it needs some warming up in order to get it back to work. It works the same way with the other muscles of the body. Hot beverages will facilitate better blood circulation. When the muscles are supplied with the right amount of blood and oxygen, the less stiff they become and the more they are able to function effectively.

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You could tried drinking some hot beverages like chocolate or anything. It usually comes to this situation every morning. Then, do some few exercise or sounds to woke up your lazy vocal cords.

If you have a lazy vocal cord it is because you are not fully using or exercising the vocal the right way or frequent enough. You can in fact fix this problem by singing more often or exercising your vocals. Singing techniques or practice will help you in order to revive your lazy vocal cord.

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How to repair burned vocal cords from smoking?

Typically, if you have been smoking for many years already, the outcome is that you may have burned and damaged the connective tissues in your vocal cords. Once they are damaged, they are permanently damaged.

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The first and foremost thing you should to do to repair your vocal cords from smoking is to quit smoking permanently. Wait for few months or even years for your vocal cords to recover. However, it still depends on how long you have been smoking and how many packs of cigarettes you smoke per day. In addition to that, it is difficult to find ways to repair burned and damaged vocal cords.

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Do not lose hope, though. You can try to stop smoking now and see if you feel any changes in your throat area. While doing a recovery, you may want to do cardiovascular exercises to increase your lung capacity. This will enable you to breathe normally and comfortably, and your lungs and vocal cords will get healthier, too. Additionally, drink plenty of lukewarm water to moisten your vocal cords, so that they will be able to function normally. The cigarette smoke likely damaged or burned your throat, and the basic treatment for this is to moisten it by drinking plenty of water.

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If the aforementioned advice does not help recover your vocal cords, then you should go see a doctor to have a medical checkup. You might have a serious health problem. Sometimes, a hoarse voice is an indication that you could have smoke-related cancer.

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The best thing you can do is stop smoking if you haven't already. Then you just have to try to take it easy on your vocal cords. Try not to eat or drink anything overly acidic, try to stay hydrated properly, and don't strain them with lots of yelling or intense singing. They may never heal properly but you can certainly try to help them get there by trying to eat healthy and drink plenty of water.

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What does Dr. Oz say about vocal cord medical problems?

According to Dr. Oz, one of the reasons of some vocal cord issues is due to acid reflux. This is when the acid coming from the stomach moves the wrong direction, up to the throat and to the vocal cords. There are around 50 instances of acid reflux in a day. When one of them ends up beyond the esophagus, and goes up to the throat, this is when damage is done to the tissues of the throat. It is called silent reflux or LPR.(reflux laryngitis). The stomach acid causes burning that can lead to swelling. When the throat becomes swollen, this is when changes in the voice or vocal cords take place. One may have a hoarse voice, a lump or lumps in the throat, or changes in voice pitch.

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Dr. Oz has talked about vocal cord damage on hi show along with some treatments that you can use in order to help repair your vocal cord damage. One tip he suggested was to drink certain fluids such as lemon tea, honey tea, orange juice and Vitamins A,C &E.

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Can sparkling cider ruin vocal cords?

Cider in minimal proportions is good for the vocal cords, but a lot of it isn't. It can cause damage. Sparkling Cider isn't considered to be good for vocal cords. Consuming a lot of it will ruin your vocal cords.

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Cider in itself is good for the vocal cords, except when you are already acidic and its already causing acid reflux. Cider has a soothing and anti-inflammatory effect on the vocal cords.

On the other hand, sparkling cider is somehow weaker in terms of benefits, mainly because it is carbonated. Oftentimes, carbonated drinks cause some irritation on the vocal cords. Therefore, it is better to drink pure apple cider and let go of the sparkling ones.

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What is a good and natural throat and vocal cord treatment for people who talk all day?

For people who need to talk all day, they can ease their throat discomfort by drinking hot tea with lemon. Drinking this, though, before you perform a job that requires a lot of talking, is not advisable since it could dry the throat. You should also do away with foods, drinks, and habits that can cause your vocal cords damage, like ice cream, alcohol, citrus fruits and cigarettes. Getting enough rest can also be beneficial in keeping the overall health of the throat.

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Lemon tea is a natural and good throat and vocal cord treatment because it will help soothe your throat and it really helps those people who talk all day. If you don't like the taste of lemon tea, you can add honey to it to make it sweet because combining the lemon tea with honey is healthier (don't add sugar). It is also much better and if you have a warm water with you every day and after you are done talking, drink a warm water and since you talk all day, avoid those cold drinks or beverages and also avoid those foods that are dangerous for your throat and vocal cords.

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What does it mean vocal cord wise when your sore throat gets worse to the point where you lost your voice? What is happening that causes your voice to not work anymore?

Some people lose their voices due to laryngeal infection. For people who use their voices a great deal, like singers, their larynx gets inflamed causing them to lose their voice. When the voice box is abused, it gets inflamed to the point that the sound produced is hard to understand or sometimes hard to hear. When we sing, shout or talk, the vocal folds come together and cause vibration. Vibrations produce the sound, but when they are used too much, they get swollen, thus preventing the vocal folds from meeting, and they produce little or no sound at all.

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Do liquids & food actually pass through your vocal cords?

No, no food or any liquids pass through the vocal cords. Only air can pass through them. Food or anything that is ingested passes from the mouth through the esophagus.

Yes, they do, simply because the open cords are the gateway of the foods and liquids to slip through the trachea and lungs.

The answer is no, liquids and food do not pass through the vocal cord because the vocal cord is located anatomically in the larynx also called as voice box primarily for respiration or breathing (respiratory system). The anatomical respiratory passageway includes the mouth and the nose, to the vocal cord, larynx going into the trachea (windpipe) then into the lungs. The foods and liquids usually pass through the digestive system passageways which involves the mouth, pharynx, esophagus, stomach, small intestines and into the large intestines.

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Is 2 nights rest enough for singers with inflamed vocal cords?

Yes, 2 nights rest, minimum talking, drinking lots of lukewarm water should do the trick.

There is no real concrete answer for this. If I were to guess then I would say most likely. It all depends on how severe the damage is to begin with. Another factor to consider is what sort of things have you done to help it during those two days? Its important to drink plenty of fluids to keep your throat from drying out, and refrain from talking very much while its healing.

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Will my throat get better from being husky?

Need help ,have a sore throat its paining when I sing and I cannot reach the high notes then it goes husky, anything I can do in this two weeks to get a better quality voice please give me some eating and drinking tips and some vocal receipt

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How long should I wait to sing after burning my throat from hot liquid beverage?

My throat is pretty sore after drinking a hot beverage, It seems to have an effect on my voice, slight pain when eating and swallowing food or drinks and a little discomfort while talking.

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Can corn syrup be exchanged with any other item?

If corn syrup is not available can any other thing be used

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I feel like some of the high fructose corn syrup in some of the food I have eaten over the years has effected my vocal bad, what can I do to start a road of recovery?

Like soda, milk, candy and others

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Dry soar throat, off and on for the last 6 weeks but now more continuous

I have had a dry soar throat - feelings of mucus caught in my throat off and on for 6 weeks - now it is more continuous - I was suffering from post nasal drip around 3 weeks ago - the dryness and soreness comes and goes but is more continuous now - I have also been really under a lot of stress since 7 weeks ago as I have lost my (very highly paid) job - which seems coincidental if it can be stress related?

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