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How can allergies cause me to lose my voice?

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When you think about allergies, you probably think of a runny nose, itchy eyes, and sneezing. Allergies can also take a toll on your voice in several ways:

  • An allergic reaction can cause your vocal cords to swell.
  • Post-nasal drip -- when mucus moves from your nose into your throat -- can irritate your vocal cords.
  • Coughing and clearing your throat can strain your vocal cords.
  • Antihistamine drugs for allergies can dry out mucus in your throat. This may harm your vocal cords, which need moisture to work.

From: Why Am I Losing My Voice? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

The University of Chicago Medicine: "Vocal Cord Disorders."

Byeon, H. , May 2015. Journal of Voice

Effat, K. , May 2015. The Journal of Laryngology & Otology

New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai: "Allergies and Postnasal Drip."

Develioglu, O. March 2014. Indian Journal of Otolaryngology and Head & Neck Surgery,

American College of Rheumatology: "Rheumatoid Arthritis."

Hamdan, A. , May 2013. Autoimmune Diseases

Cleveland Clinic: "Thyroid Problems," "Hoarseness: Frequently Asked Questions."

Office on Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: "Thyroid Disease."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Definition and Facts for (GER) and (GERD)."

American Academy of Otolaryngology: "Nodules, Polyps, and Cysts," "Voice Box (Laryngeal) Cancer," "Common Problems that Can Affect Your Voice."

Parkinson's Disease Foundation: "The Science and Practice of Speaking Loud."

Reviewed by William Blahd on December 07, 2015

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SOURCES:

The University of Chicago Medicine: "Vocal Cord Disorders."

Byeon, H. , May 2015. Journal of Voice

Effat, K. , May 2015. The Journal of Laryngology & Otology

New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai: "Allergies and Postnasal Drip."

Develioglu, O. March 2014. Indian Journal of Otolaryngology and Head & Neck Surgery,

American College of Rheumatology: "Rheumatoid Arthritis."

Hamdan, A. , May 2013. Autoimmune Diseases

Cleveland Clinic: "Thyroid Problems," "Hoarseness: Frequently Asked Questions."

Office on Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: "Thyroid Disease."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Definition and Facts for (GER) and (GERD)."

American Academy of Otolaryngology: "Nodules, Polyps, and Cysts," "Voice Box (Laryngeal) Cancer," "Common Problems that Can Affect Your Voice."

Parkinson's Disease Foundation: "The Science and Practice of Speaking Loud."

Reviewed by William Blahd on December 07, 2015

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