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A 39-year-old member asked:

what do you suggest if my voice is gone, what can i do to get it back?

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Dr. Stephen Rothstein
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Voice: Great question. Many causes starting with dehydration, vocal misuse, acid reflux or asthma as well as medications. Start by hydrating, no yelling or whispering and avoid dairy ( makes you clear your throat) If you have other symptoms of a cold you would treat those OTC as well. If it persists then see an ENT to check it out.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

Middle december lost my voice after xmas party then came back another party gone again and now back but right side hurts bit? What could it be?

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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 27 years experience
Vocal strain: Likely just chronic laryngitis/vocal abuse. The pain is a little concerning, but may be evidence of some underlying acid reflux disease with a reflux granuloma. I would definitely see your local ENT for a full exam and endoscopy of your voice box. In the interim try some over the counter Prilosec and/or zantac (ranitidine).
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A 25-year-old member asked:

Audition for the wiz on sunday. How can I get my voice back to normal so that I can sing?

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Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 42 years experience
Rest, hot liquids: Voice rest is usually the best remedy for overly strained vocal chords. Hot liquids also relax and soothe the tissues. I have also found a homeopathic spray, otc called singer's saving grace to be helpful. Good luck.
A 21-year-old female asked:

I lost my voice, what should I do to get it back and what should I avoid doing? I heard wispering is bad and makes it worse, is that true?

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Dr. Michio Abe
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Voice loss: Your voice loss may be due to a problem with the vocal cords or inflammation in the larynx, possibly due acid reflux, upper respiratory infections, allergies, smoking, inhalation of irritants, or overuse of your voice. Try not to talk too much unless you really need to and avoid whispering. Whispering can strain the vocal cords more than speaking does.
A 41-year-old member asked:

I lost my voice at a concert how long until it comes back?

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Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 60 years experience
Depends: If you overused your voice at a concert, it is possible you may have bled into the true vocal fold. This may resolve with several days of complete voice rest. Or the vocal folds may be swollen from the trauma of over using your voice. Modified voice rest for a few days may resolve the problem. If the voice disorder lasts for more than 1-2 weeks, you need to see an ENT doctor.
A member asked:

Lost my voice 3 weeks ago I have most back but still have no singing voice and can't scream. Should I see a doctor?

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Dr. Malaika Witter Hewitt
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Yes: Any type of voice disturbance that lasts longer than 2 weeks should be evaluated with laryngoscopy to get a proper look at your vocal cords. It may end up being just residual inflammation that needs more time for healing, but you should have it evaluated to be sure there isn't something more serious going on with your voice.

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