The Doctors: Vocal Cord Nodules & Loss Of Smell & Taste With Age


The Doctors: Vocal Cord Nodules

The Doctors: Vocal Cord Nodules & Loss Of Smell & Taste With Age

The Doctors answered questions on aging from vocal cords to loss of taste and smell.

The Doctors spoke with Sally, a baby boomer known for her chatty demeanor. Sally and the rest of her friends joined The Doctors via Polycom for a discussion on vocal cord nodules, plastic surgery and other medical procedures.


Sally explained that she has suffered from thyroid nodules and nodules on her vocal cords in the past. She was a teacher for 30 years, which is why she developed a habit for speaking loudly. Now, her voice becomes raspy when she sings or talks on the phone, so she wondered if The Doctors could help her solve this medical issue.

Dr. Travis Stork said that vocal cord nodules are common in women ages 20-50 and can be exacerbated by alcohol, smoking or simply straining the voice. Dr. Andrew Ordon suggested that Sally visit her ear, nose and throat doctor for an examination, because she could have laryngitis. Sally should also work on resting her voice (at least occasionally).

The Doctors: Plastic Surgery Concerns

Many of the women shared concerns over common signs of aging, including wrinkles, fine lines, flabby arms and the dreaded “turkey neck.” Dr. Ordon attempted to address these issues, some of which can be fixed through plastic surgery.


For fine lines around the mouth, Dr. Ordon suggested injections or a laser procedure. However, flabby arms should be toned on their own, without surgery. If there’s still too much excess skin, even after working out, that’s when you should consider a procedure.

As Dr. Travis pointed out, each of the ladies is “spectacular.” They definitely don’t need any plastic surgery, unless they want it.

Loss Of Smell and Taste With Age

We all know that aging can lead to hearing and vision loss, but what about our other senses? Jan has a sister who is years younger than her and already has trouble smelling and tasting. She wondered if she could be at risk for a similar problem.

Dr. Travis said that taste buds do regenerate and recirculate, but they can become damaged over time. Aging, as well as other issues like poor hygiene, diabetes and stroke can also affect taste. Smell, on the other hand, is related to the nasal cavity. General good hygiene in both areas can help keep the senses sharp. Be sure to gently brush your tongue as well as your teeth, and use a neti pot, steam or a humidifier for the nasal passages.


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