08 Aug 2018



Teaching might seem like a safe and hazard-free profession but did you know that because of the vocal strain and physical stress a lot of our teachers silently suffer from these ailments?

Voice Disorders

– Laryngitis

This is the inflammation and swelling of the larynx, which is also known as the voice box.

Here are the common symptoms of Laryngitis:
– Hoarseness of the voice
– Feeling a tickle in the throat, which can also be from reflux laryngitis
– Urge to constantly clear the throat
– Fever
– Chronic cough which can be from bronchitis or sinusitis
– Congestion

Laryngitis may also develop a few days after a sore throat. Even after the infection has resolved, the laryngitis may linger for a few weeks.

If left untreated, Laryngitis may possibly lead to Laryngeal Cancer, and here are symptoms to watch out for:

– High fever with sore throat
– Coughing up yellow or green phlegm
– Coughing up blood
– Inability to drink liquids
– A history of throat or breathing problems
– Symptoms that last for 2 to 3 weeks despite resting the voice
– Weight loss
– Swelling of the neck
– Chronic throat pain or discomfort

2. Dysphonia

This is a descriptive medical term which means “disorder of the voice”.

It is usually caused by the following:

– Inflammation of the larynx over a long period of time.
– Lumps or nodules of the vocal cords
– Underactive thyroid gland – hypothyroidism.
– Trauma, example vocal cord surgery
– Vocal cord paralysis, or surgical operations which can damage the nerves of the larynx causing either temporary or permanent vocal cord paralysis
– Reinke’s edema of the larynx.

People with Dysphonia may present with hoarseness and a sore or dry throat. There is also a difficulty reaching a certain pitch or range and it can be associated with symptoms such as a continuous drip at the back of the throat (nasal catarrh) and heartburn.