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- November 21, 2014 at 3:55 pm #455801Maggie FurtakParticipant(In case it wasn’t clear, I’ve lost my voice from a nasty and extended cold virus, not from over-use. In the case of over-use, yes, I agree, a warm drink isn’t nearly as important as vocal rest and better technique in future.)November 22, 2014 at 11:58 am #455837James KoenigParticipantWait, drink (water, tea, juice, etc), and pee– The doctor was right in saying you must wait it out. (I take it the doctor scoped your vocal chords to make sure there’s nothing further going on.) A little phelpm on the cords can really leave you out of commission until the bug, virus, whatever clears up. However, it’s also very very important to “shut up”– don’t try to get something out. Rest your throat. Rest your vocal chords, and just rest. If you need to learn music, this is the time for silent study or sitting at the piano and learning notes and rhythms silently. (A good practice anyway–) It is terribly frustrating to be a singer and to be out of commission. It feels like it will never go away– But it will. And it’s important to not hammer away at your voice to try to force it into submission. One of the best things for you to do would be to breath steam. You can sit at the bathroom sink with a towel over your head, use a tea-kettle, or best yet– get a facial sauna at your local pharmacy (they’re sold for opening your pores and removing makeup). You put a little water in the reservoir and turn it on and breath. Do it a number of times a day–November 22, 2014 at 12:33 pm #455838Marie Grass AmentaModeratorThe hot beverage, whatever your choice, soothes the throat no matter the vocal folds are a bit further down. In addition, the more you drink, the thinner your secretions–the phlegm, gunk, whatever you call it–and that’s good. An indicator that you are on the right track is you are peeing more….yep, that’s right, you know what I wrote…..and are peeing pale. We can all speak of flushing of the system but thinning of the secretions is the real issue because the thinner the secretions the less likely they are to cause trouble.I personally sleep with a room humidifer, no matter what my health status, from the beginning of November to about mid-March, depending on the winter weather. If the nasel/vocal passages are dried out, they are more susceptible to germs. Since I’ve been doing this, I have less colds and other issues. Yep, it can be messy and a hassle but is worth it in the long run.And lest you are thinking these are just Old Wives Tales, please note this Old Wife is married to an ENT Doc and the *peeing pale* comment was made by a pretty well known laryngoligist friend of ours!MarieNovember 22, 2014 at 3:50 pm #455845John BriggsParticipantThe best thing for a sore throat is the best singers’ ENT. Use them as you would your primary care physician. I am fortunate to live in an area which has many ENT doctors and a fine opera company. I asked the opera singers for the name of their favorite ENT. The resulting list contained nine names. Of those names, three were most mentioned. I made appointments with two of them. While both were truly excellent, one was closer to home. Regular check-ups and calls when sick keep horrible sore throats from occurring along with not using my hand directly on door knobs/pulls and washing my hands often. It has been ages since I was sick with a bad cold.November 23, 2014 at 9:53 am #455873John David MayburyParticipantI’m always leery of hearing this type of advice as well. Numbing your throat in order to abuse your already stressed vocal chords is so dangerous. It’s like poking someone at 440 cycles per second and then when it starts to hurt them, give them something that numbs the pain so you can poke them some more. Ouch!.: John David MayburyNovember 23, 2014 at 2:07 pm #455883Maggie FurtakParticipantBut we aren’t talking about numbing agents here, John. Vocal rest is taken as a given and we’ve moved on to discussing hot beverages. When you have a cold with a sore throat, they serve in a number of ways. They keep you well-hydrated. (Important any time you are sick.) They help wash the mucus out of your throat which is causing irritation. This often also temporarily quiets a cough, if you are coughing from that annoying tickle in your throat. (Coughing is pretty terrible for your vocal chords.) They steam open your nose and sinuses to relieve stuffiness and pressure. Heat allows your capillaries to dialate and your body to speed the localized immune reaction. (Your body does this naturally as a part of it’s usual immune response. That’s why you can feel heat around a sprained ankle, for example. It allows increased bloodflow which speeds healing.) And, depending on what exactly you are drinking, a hot drink can physically coat the throat so that future post-nasal drip doesn’t continue to irritate your skin. We are not talking about something that numbs the skin, acting on your nerves, but about things which protect skin that has been roughed up from continuing damage. Unlike certain over-the-counter medications which work by counter-acting your body’s immune response and may slow healing as a result, a hot drink (and other “mom” cures, like rest and bundling up) allow your body to continue it’s assault on the germs, while protecting you from the unintended side effects of that assault. It’s a good tool to shorten the life of your cold and help your body heal itself. We aren’t talking about giving a bleeding soldier a dose of heroin so that they will charge back onto the field, heedless of their gunshot wound. We are talking about bandaging the soldier and sending them to bed, in the hopes that they will recover quickly and fully. (I’m surprised this topic has generated so much controversy! Who knew?)November 23, 2014 at 9:28 pm #455898Jennifer CooperParticipantMany good replies here.To vocal rest, I would add: drink hot water all day long; warm the larynx when you go to bed with hot water bottle – when it cools, drop it to the floor (obviously, don’t burn yourself…); keep head and neck warm day and night – wear a scarf; steam, steam, steam – heat sinuses, pharynx and larynx by inhaling steam. I use a Vicks Steam Inhaler. I also use NielMed Sinus Rinse a couple times a week.Meditate on Peace. Relax the body.November 24, 2014 at 12:55 am #455902Nariman H. WadiaParticipantMy grandmother’s (and that of many Indian singers) SUREFIRE recipe is to add to a cup of drinkably hot milk some turmeric powder and some unrefined jaggery (also known as gur or panela). This delicious mix should be fairly deeply yellow and well sweetened. Take a small mouthful and swallow slowly. Both can be bought from Indian stores or from amazing Amazon. Okay you may think this a bit tedious to procure but once bought, both will last for years.Actually with a little less turmeric and jaggery, it makes delicious and healthy milk drink – very acceptable !My own quick fix is a mix of brandy and honey —– but go easy on the brandy, huh?Nariman H. WadiaNovember 28, 2014 at 4:21 pm #456216Cyndi HuntParticipantAgree, agree! I had to laugh about the sleep part, since sicknesses like to do nasty things that interrupt or prevent sleep, such as coughing. (I will cough regardless of positioning. Even sitting vertical, I’ll still cough as soon as I try to sleep! It takes super strong prescription strength Prometh cough syrup to stop it.)May 11, 2018 at 11:52 am #564282xtine29Participant
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