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Vocal Issues Due to Infections


Common infections that affect the voice include:

  1. Sinusitis – infection of the sinuses can cause  post nasal drip and mucous, which drips onto the vocal cords and dampens their vibration.

  2. Tonsillitis – infection of the tonsils can cause a severe sore throat, airway obstruction and vocal fatigue.

  3. Laryngitis – infection of the vocal cords themselves can cause hoarseness due to swelling and excess mucous.

  4. Bronchitis - infection of the lungs can cause a cough that irritates the vocal cords.

  5. Oral or systemic yeast - more of an overgrowth than a true infection, yeast causes a thick mucous covering over the vocal cords and swelling. 

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