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Lesley Childs, M.D.

A 'broken' voice may be caused by spasmodic dysphonia

Politician Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and public radio host Diane Rhem are among the 50,000 people who have spasmodic dysphonia, a neurological condition that alters your voice. Discover how UT Southwestern's voice specialists help patients cope with the condition.

What to include in your ‘voice care lunchbox’ – and what to leave out

Make your own version of Ariana Grande’s voice care lunchbox from The Voice. Lesley Childs, M.D., discusses which items to include and what she would add to help her patients keep their voices in great shape.

Vocal cord dysfunction can trigger extreme breathing problems while exercising

Vocal cord dysfunction causes symptoms that are often mistaken for exercised-induced asthma. Lesley Childs, M.D., discusses how speech therapy can help control this overwhelming – but not life-threatening – condition.

How cold, flu, and allergy symptoms can hurt your voice

Most of us don’t really think about our voice as a tangible thing that requires care – until we can’t use it because of illness. When you get sick and lose your voice, you may think it’s just a normal part of being sick.

3 signs your vocal cords may be damaged

Everyone loses their voice or experiences hoarseness temporarily, but if vocal problems persist you need to take action to avoid long-term or permanent damage. Here are 3 signs you should seek voice care.

How COVID-19 can put your voice and life at risk

Vocal cord scarring, another COVID-19 risk, can affect speech and breathing after being on a ventilator for an extended period of time. Preventing the coronavirus is the key to avoiding voice and breathing complications.

Voice care: Sorting fact from fiction

We depend on our voices, but often take them for granted. Get the truth about common voice myths and find tips for how to keep the voice in tip-top shape.

Beware: 4 conditions that can lead to voice problems

We only get one set of vocal cords, so protect them. Beware of these four conditions that can lead to vocal irritation or damage.

Answering questions about voice care, home remedies via live chat

Our voice is our primary mode of interaction and communication, but we often don’t realize just how important it is until there is a problem.