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.

What can allergies do to my voice?

Allergies can affect your voice in several ways. 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.

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.

Do you have spring allergies? We give you tips on how to manage them here.

What are some common disorders that cause hoarsenss? We talk about some here.

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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 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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