Your vocal cords are located in your voice box just above your windpipe (trachea). When you speak they vibrate creating sound.

Vocal cord polyps can be caused by long term exposure to irritating chemicals or cigarette smoke. Overuse of your voice can also cause polyps. 

Symptoms of vocal cord polyps can include:

  • Breathy or hoarse voice
  • Lower pitched voice

With rest vocal cord polyps may go away on their own. However many polyps need to be removed surgically.

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