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Allergy & Asthma Center Baltimore, Maryland
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02/19/2018 WESTMINSTER OFFICE CLOSING

The Westminster Office will be closed Monday, February 19th. We apologize for any inconvenience.


02/06/2017 Opening Late on 2/7/2018

All offices will be opening at 11 am tomorrow on 2/7 due to the inclement weather. Thank you for your patience, and drive safe!




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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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