Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Voice Change

I had a nasty cough all day and I used cough drops to get rid of it. Then I started singing probably over like 4 songs and then my voice changed. It feels like I'm losing my voice. Is this caused by the coughing and then singing? Why?

Melissa Kim M.S., CCC-SLP replies...
Overuse of the voice, when vocal folds are inflamed and/ or swollen (likely in the setting of persistent or prolonged coughing), does increase the risk of vocal fold damage; conservation of the voice is recommended while the cough remains. If your voice change persists following resolution of the cough, see an Ear, Nose, and Throat physician for an evaluation. 

Best of luck to you!

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