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DIAGNOSING & TREATING VOCAL HEMORRHAGES
Famous for briefly taking down Grammy-winning artist Adele--Diagnosing the Vocal Hemorrhage.
What is a Vocal Hemorrhage?
A hemorrhage is a bleeding into the vocal fold or vocal chord tissue.
What are the Symptoms?
1. The most common symptom of a vocal hemorrhage is a sudden voice change or abrupt "cutting out" or "dropping out" of the vocals.
2. Hearing two pitches simultaneously
3. Hoarseness in your voice (fairly severe)
4. Hearing a flutter in your voice
5. Significantly decreased range, particularly higher notes on your register.
6. Difficulty holding pitch
7. Neck pain
8. Throat discomfort, pain or tightness
Diagnosing a Vocal Hemorrhage-
As quietly as possible, try to sing a basic five note scale in the middle of your range. You may have a vocal hemorrhage if:
1. This task is difficult to impossible
2. This task is painful or causes discomfort
3. Your vocals crack or drop out
4. You drop down in your range to adjust for the discomfort
A clinical diagnosis of a hemorrhage will reveal a pool of blood inside the vocal folds.
How to treat a Vocal Hemorrhage
Start resting your voice and consult a vocal doctor immediately-the sooner a hemorrhage is discovered and treated, the more simple the treatment and the faster the recovery. In addition to vocal rest, a doctor may prescribe arnica (a natural plant native to Europe and Russia also produced by early North American settlers to treat sore throats, as a febrifuge, and to improve circulation. Homeopathic uses included the treatment of surgical or accidental trauma, as an analgesic, and in the treatment of postoperative thrombophlebitis and pulmonary emboli). The use of arnica is so that blood can absorb more quickly. Steroids may also be used in treatment to decrease inflammation of the vocal fold.
If the hemorrhage is severe, you may require surgery.
Contact us immediately if you believe you may have a vocal hemorrhage.
Fri, Oct 17, 2014 @ 5:17 AM MDT
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