What is Vocal Cord Dysfunction?
Vocal cord dysfunction (VCD) or paradoxical vocal fold movement happens when the vocal cords don’t open properly. VCD is commonly confused with asthma because symptoms are similar. Unlike asthma, VCD is NOT an allergic reaction beginning in the immune system.
Triggers for VCD
The following are common triggers associated with vocal cord dysfunction.
- lung irritants
- viral infection
Symptoms of VCD
The following are common symptoms of an vocal cord dysfunction.
- difficulty breathing in
- voice hoarseness
- throat tightness
- voice changes
- asthma medications don’t relieve symptoms
Diagnosis and Treatment
Vocal cord dysfunction can be diagnosed by a physician, allergist or immunologist using the following:
- physical examination
- medical history
Treatment for vocal cord dysfunction usually begins with speech therapy and breathing exercises. Consult your doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment.