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10/20/2017 Westminster Closure

Our Westminster Office will be closed Friday 10/20/17. We will reopen for our normal hours on Monday.


10/17/2017 Bethesda Closure

Our Bethesda Office will be closed today 10/17/2017. We will reopen for our normal hours on Wednesday.


10/17/2017 Silver Spring Opening Late

Our Silver Spring office will be open this Friday, 10/20 at 10 am.


10/02/2017 Shady Grove/Rockville Opening Late on 10/6

Our Shady Grove/Rockville Office will be opening at 9 am on Friday, 10/6.


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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
  • exercising
  • viral infection
  • GERD
  • Symptoms of VCD

    The following are common symptoms of an vocal cord dysfunction.

  • difficulty breathing in
  • wheezing
  • coughing
  • 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
  • spirometry
  • larynoscopy
  • Treatment for vocal cord dysfunction usually begins with speech therapy and breathing exercises. Consult your doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment.

    For more information on the diagnosis and treatment of vocal cord dysfunction or to schedule an appointment with an allergist or asthma specialist, call 1-800-778-9923 or visit the Allergy & Asthma Center location near you.

     
     

     

     



















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