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What is the treatment for vocal cord infection?

Hi, My father, got exposed to heavy morning dew while travelling in a motorcycle. Now he has got some kind of vocal cord infection in which he is not able to speak for last 7 days. His speech is just coming as a whisper. He does not have any throat pain or difficulty in sallowing food. Just his vocal cord is not working. He took azithromicine for 3 days and now taking Mega CV-625, Medrol 16mg, Alaspan..The doctor says that we can wait for another 2 weeks and then if it does not improve, can go for endoscopy. I am getting a little impatient.Please let me know what is this disease and if waiting for another 2 weeks is a good idea.what is the treatment and what is the worse case scenario.
Tue, 8 Sep 2020
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Hi,

Change in voice of whatsoever nature in elderly people should be investigated as soon as possible as there is a chance of cancer that needs to be ruled out as soon as possible. Laryngoscopy will tell us the exact cause which can be one of the following:
- Thickening of one vocal cord hence causing disparity
- Vocal cord polyp
- Cancer of vocal cord or structures nearby, inflammatory changes
- Single's nodules

Additional things to do are:
* Voice rest means do not speak
* Oral steroids may be necessary if no diabetes
* Anti-inflammatory
* Steam inhalation
* Further treatment as per the findings of endoscopy

Take care. Hope I have answered your question. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Regards,
Dr. T. Chandrakant, General Surgeon
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What is the treatment for vocal cord infection?

Hi, Change in voice of whatsoever nature in elderly people should be investigated as soon as possible as there is a chance of cancer that needs to be ruled out as soon as possible. Laryngoscopy will tell us the exact cause which can be one of the following: - Thickening of one vocal cord hence causing disparity - Vocal cord polyp - Cancer of vocal cord or structures nearby, inflammatory changes - Single s nodules Additional things to do are: * Voice rest means do not speak * Oral steroids may be necessary if no diabetes * Anti-inflammatory * Steam inhalation * Further treatment as per the findings of endoscopy Take care. Hope I have answered your question. Let me know if I can assist you further. Regards, Dr. T. Chandrakant, General Surgeon