Woman singing who is not dealing with allergies and a hoarse voice

Originally written April 3, 2017

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 This Article...

  1. What are common allergies in Charlotte?
  2. How do I know if I have allergies?
  3. Can allergies cause a hoarse voice?
  4. How can I protect my voice?

What are common allergies in Charlotte?

In the Charlotte area, springtime allergies are often caused by tree pollens, grass pollens, and molds. That said, others may experience allergies from pet dander both in and out of the house.

How do I I know if I have allergies?

Spring allergy symptoms may include sneezing, nasal stuffiness, a runny nose, itchy and watery eyes, and coughing.

Can allergies cause a hoarse 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.

Dr. S. Brett Heavner discussing allergies affecting voice

“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. To schedule an appointment with him or any of our ear, nose, and throat doctors, you may do so online or through your myCEENTAchart account.


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February 07, 2021

Hi! Do you know if there is any drug that you can take instead of antihistamine, that doesn’t dry up your vocal chords?
- Ebba

February 10, 2021

Broadly speaking, if it is appropriate for you to do so, nasal sprays would be better than a pill like Zyrtec, Claritin, etc. and would, therefore, be less systemically drying. Sometimes something like that is all someone needs, but it also depends upon what is going on with them specifically. We encourage you to follow-up with your doctor and address your concern with them. Also, sometimes patients need to take medicines that dry out their throat, so they would need to use other strategies to limit dehydration, such as eliminating caffeine and alcohol, drinking more water, and running a humidifier.
Reply From: CEENTA

October 04, 2020

Had sinus surgery deviated septum early 90s. ENT removed my inferior turbinate did not know till 2019 when ENCOUNTER black mold(chlorine and live mold spores) had really bad allergic reaction 6/30/19. I have been to various specialists 2 of 3 says acid reflux but I believe its allergic reactions causes me to loose voice immediately, as well as mucus n back of my throat. Actually use rescue inhalers due to panic fir airway at times get short of breath. Is any new research showing for removal of turbinate to assist in filtering air borne bacteria, allergens?
- Glenda Dixon

October 05, 2020

Good morning. There is no evidence that turbinate reduction would affect allergic mucus. although it does help to improve nasal airflow and breathing.
Reply From: CEENTA

July 12, 2020

Good morning From January 2020 I am suffering from allergic bronchitis as I have little dry cough from January . I checked my chest in last week of may from chest specialist when my chest pain with dry cough he told me about this disease. As in India due to covid 19 national wise lockdown occur from 24 march to 19 may 2020. As I visited hospital on 20 may with symptoms of inflammation of chest , congestion in throat, upper chest tIghtness . So doctor told me about of allergic bronchitis. As now I am taking medicine of this disease but I want to ask one thing now I feel hoarseness in voice sometime but before this disease I never feel this hoarseness in my life as i am know 22 year old . Whether I should consult ENT doctor or this hoarseness occurred sometimes due this allergy . Please reply
- Gurjinder Singh

July 13, 2020

Good morning. Because we can't diagnose individual patients without seeing them, we recommend you see your doctor.
Reply From: CEENTA

April 18, 2020

My voice like hoarseness since October 2019 as result of very bad acid reflux. I also have allergy but it shows from April- June. I am also 72 years old. After consulting with my physician in visited ENT doctor in December 2019.He examined my throat by using Laryngoscopy and result was perfect except small inflammation of my throat , I was told rest my vice, drinking water . I am a colleague professor and naturally, I use my voice every dad. My voice did not improve and I busted the same doctors and had the same result and received the same advice. Since March 16, I am teaching via Coronavirus and was thinking I should get better which is not and still I have horsiness voice. By the way , I had Breeding caste test and my long shows Clare and no problem. I did not see Gastroenterologist to check my acid reflux problem yet and I use Nexium for over 5 years. My question is what should I do to get better. Sorry for taking your time.
- Waleck dalpour

April 20, 2020

Good morning. If you live in the United States and would like to schedule a virtual visit with a CEENTA doctor, please call 704-295-3003. Thank you.
Reply From: CEENTA

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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