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Hello all! After talking and listening to many of you this past week, I am noticing a trend! We are all suffering from lots and lots of DRAINAGE! Ugh! Other than a bad stomach bug, the worst part of being a singer is dealing with overall sinus problems. I personally have suffered with chronic sinusitis for years! And after trying many allergy medications, pills, sprays, herbs and teas, I've come to the conclusion that not all allergy sufferers are alike. In fact, everyone experiences allergies in a completely different way than someone else. This leads us all to ponder then......what do I do about MY ALLERGIES! Here are some tips (not professional medical advice) to try if you are really feeling the rise of those pesky Spring allergies coming our way!


  1. First and foremost, find a great ENT (Ear, Nose, Throat) Doctor who can help you make educated decisions about what, if any, allergy medications could work for your particular sinus difficulties. You can also talk to your primary physician to get a referral to an ENT or Allergy Specialist.

  2. Try to not sleep with the windows open from 10:00pm - 7:00am. Allergen counts are the highest during this time of night. If you like to feel that fresh breeze while you sleep, you most likely are also breathing in a lot of allergens with that breeze.

  3. Be aware that antihistamines like Benadryl and Actifed are incredibly drying to the sinuses, throat and vocal cords. They can also make you really drowsy - which can be a problem during an evening rehearsal! Perhaps a decongestant, like fexofenadine and pseudoephedrine, rather than antihistamines would be a better choice, but some people can't take a decongestant. As always, TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE STARTING ANY ALLERGY MEDICATION!

  4. Nasal sprays are an option, however the spray could run down your throat, possible making it sore and your voice hoarse. I've never had good results with nasal sprays. They always run down the back of my throat, making it sore. And because it's dripping on my vocal folds, my singing becomes hoarse. Now, these sprays may work wonderfully for you! If so, this could be a solution for your allergy issues.

  5. Lastly, if you are a lover of gardening, you might consider wearing a mask when you are nose-deep into the compost and mulches of your flower beds. I never gave much thought to cleaning out my flowerbeds and getting them ready for Spring until I came down with a horrible laryngitis-like reaction to all of the dead leaves I was raking out of my beds. And to make things worse, it was right before I was soloing for The Creation by Haydn. Not a good scenario. It created a great deal of stress needless to say. So, enjoy your lawn, your garden, your porch, but maybe a mask might help keep out the unwanted allergens!

Alright! A lot of information in this post, but I hope this might give you some things to think through regarding how YOUR allergies might be affecting YOUR VOICE! And as I have already said, always talk with your primary doctor before you try an over-the-counter allergy med! Always a good thing to be safe!

See you all in the Studio! Sing on!!

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