You’re doing everything right to keep your voice healthy. You don’t overuse it. You keep any acid reflux under control. You do exercises to keep it strong. Despite all that, you still have hoarseness. What’s causing the problem? As it turns out, it might be allergies.

In the Charlotte area, springtime allergies are often caused by tree pollens, grass pollens, and molds. Symptoms include sneezing, nasal stuffiness, a runny nose, itchy and watery eyes, and coughing.

Can allergies cause me to lose my voice?

Allergies can affect your voice in several ways, and yes, they can even cause you to lose your voice. First, allergens themselves can irritate and enflame the vocal cords, which can cause hoarseness. Second, the congestion from a stuffed nose or postnasal drip can make it difficult to breathe easily. Finally, even your allergy medicines can affect your voice. Antihistamines dry up the mucus in your body. While this helps relieve congestion, it also dries up the layer of mucus that protects your vocal cords. If your vocal cords are dry they can stiffen or inflame, which can make your voice raspy.

How can I protect my voice?

So what can you do to protect your voice from allergens? The first thing is to avoid allergens and keep your home as allergen-free as possible. Keep your windows closed during peak pollen times. Wash your sheets in hot water once a week. Vacuum or run an air filter regularly.

If you still need medicine, use medicines that won’t affect your mucus levels.

“There are many treatment options for allergies,” CEENTA Otolaryngologist S. Brett Heavner, MD, said. “For professional voice users, topical medications like nasal steroids and nasal antihistamines seem to work better since they have less of a drying effect on the throat and voice.”

Nasal steroid sprays such as Flonase, Rhinocort, and Nasacort are effective in treating allergies. Some pills, such as Singulair and other leukotrienes, can be taken at night and won’t dry out your vocal cords the way antihistamines would.

Some patients with severe allergies may qualify for immunotherapy. Immunotherapy is a treatment system where patients are given shots, drops, or tablets of the substance they are allergic to in gradually-increasing doses. This helps patients increase their tolerance to those allergens. It won’t cure the allergy, but it will reduce your symptoms.

If you follow these steps you can keep your allergies at bay and help keep your voice clear and strong.

This blog is for informational purposes only. For specific medical questions, please consult your physician. Dr. Heavner practices out of CEENTA’s SouthPark and Steele Creek offices. To schedule an appointment with him or any of our ear, nose, and throat doctors, call 704-295-3000.

 


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Comments

August 13, 2019

My voice has been affected for the past two summers (Apr-Oct). I wake up with a voice that is good, but throughout the day, I lose the base ness in my voice. Can’t speak loudly at that point. And throat begins to hurt. Symptoms are brought about more quickly with heavy voice usage. Tried many OTC antihistamines and sprays....nothing really works too well.
- Dave

August 13, 2019

Good morning. If you would like to make an appointment with a CEENTA doctor or voice & swallowing specialist, please call 704-295-3000.
Reply From: CEENTA

July 14, 2019

First two weeks of June extreme voice hoarseness, saw an ENT sent me for CT of sinuses and advised me to take reflux meds before dinner instead of bed, got voice back however July 2nd extreme voice hoarseness again, came back for 3 days, had ENT follow up on July 9th-CT was fine, believes reflux laryngitis, changed my reflux med and ordered allergy tests via bloodwork (had that done same day), July 11th comes and woke up with extreme voice hoarseness yet again, late Friday night voice back however wake up Sunday morning extremely voice hoarseness again. Getting very frustrated as I’m a call representative and can’t do my job. Need answers and help, hopefully answers to allergy testing early this week.
- Tammi H

July 15, 2019

Good morning. If you would like to be examined by a CEENTA doctor, please call 704-295-3000.
Reply From: CEENTA

April 04, 2019

Can allergies cause a hoarse voice or a voice to deepen temporarily? Also, does allergies cause chills w/no fever as well as a sore throat, a little pain when swallowing, clear mucus, itchy and dry eyes, itchy throat, and a itchy chest sometimes? There is a high tree pollen count in my area. How does an allergist doctor determine what one is allergic too?
- Gina

April 04, 2019

Hello. Details about some allergy symptoms can be found here, https://www.ceenta.com/conditions-and-treatments/allergy-symptoms, although we cannot diagnose specific cases online, so we recommend you make an appointment with your doctor. You can learn details about allergy testing here: https://www.ceenta.com/news-blog/ceentas-fivestep-allergy-testing
Reply From: CEENTA

March 25, 2019

Thank you so much for the good info. Finally I found this confirmed I was right, because for a long time, I have hoarse voice sometimes, and sometimes I am fine, I just couldn't figure out why, until I think it was from seasonal allergies, but I am glad to read it from medical professional, because hoarse voices aren't very commonly known (at least to me) as related to seasonal allergies, so I didn't think about that first.
- Very good explaination

March 25, 2019

Thank you very much for your reply.
Reply From: CEENTA

December 03, 2018

My voice become hoarse due mucus and stuffy nose when I go outside or in contact with dust.It is from 5 months.
- Ayush Sinha

March 25, 2019

Good morning. If you would like to make an appointment with one of CEENTA's ENT doctors, please call 704-295-3000.
Reply From: CEENTA

August 02, 2018

My baby is 3 years old and his voice become horness from 1 month in night specially .he already took antibiotics but not become well.now a days he takes antiallergi zetofen but no good response in voice come. Kindly help me
- Bushrra

August 02, 2018

Hello. Unfortunately, we cannot provide medical advice via the Internet. We encourage you to make an appointment with one of our doctors by calling 704-295-3000. Thank you.
Reply From: CEENTA

July 14, 2018

Voice problem lasted 2months now. Used montelukast monlair no change
- James Kibet kerewo

July 16, 2018

Good morning. We recommend you speak to your doctor about any concerns you have with your medical care.
Reply From: CEENTA

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