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I am losing my voice and i don't know. I have not been yelling or coughing or anything can you help me ? Please and thank you

I am losing my voice and i don't know. I have not been yelling or coughing or anything can you help me ? Please and thank you

Many possibilities: Reflux is a major reason why people have voice problems in the absence of vocal abuse. Poor vocal technique can also be an issue. If you drink coffee or tea, stop. Also don't eat or drink anything for 3 hours before going to bed. You also should make an appointment with an ENT doctor. ...Read more

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I think I am losing my voice how can I prevent this from happening / get better faster?

I think I am losing my voice how can I prevent this from happening / get better faster?

See an ENT : 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. ...Read more

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Hi. I have two questions. I'm a singer/voice actor and I am losing my voice. I'd like to know ways on getting it back quickly so I can practice Again?

Hi. I have two questions. I'm a singer/voice actor and I am losing my voice. I'd like to know ways on getting it back quickly so I can practice Again?

Rest: You might need some rest, specifically voice rest. Also an ENT exam would not harm at this stage trying to understand early if there any specific anatomic abnormality that might limit your ability to continue singing/acting at a professional level. Not to mention the possibility of an acute condition that should be self limited. Thank you and good luck in your career! ...Read more

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Can bronchitis make me lose my voice? My bf has bronchitis and I am losing my voice but not experiencing any other symptoms other than a small cough.

Can bronchitis make me lose my voice? My bf has bronchitis and I am losing my voice but not experiencing any other symptoms other than a small cough.

Virus: Symptoms caused by viral infections can vary from person to person and sometimes randomly based on site of initial infection. Many viruses can cause bronchitis in one person and laryngitis in the next. Expect symptoms to last 7-14 days. ...Read more

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I am losing my voice almost completely my nose hasn't quit running. Then it stops and it's unbareable presure. I have Keflex 500mg this help?

I am losing my voice almost completely my nose hasn't quit running. Then it stops and it's unbareable presure. I have Keflex 500mg this help?

Laryngitis: Your vocal cords may be inflamed or the post nasal drip may be causing a pooling of secretions on the cords. I suggest an ENT evaluation for a definitive diagnosis. ...Read more

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Every time i get sick I have a problem with my asthma or get bronchitis. I am losing my voice and have a sore throat. What can I do to prevent it?

Every time i get sick I have a problem with my asthma or get bronchitis. I am losing my voice and have a sore throat. What can I do to prevent it?

Hand hygiene : A viral infection (especially the rhinovirus associate with colds) often triggers asthma attack. A practical way to reduce exposure to the virus is by cleansing your hands with soap or a gel after touching door knobs, faucets, phone etc which other people have come into contact with. This must be done each and every time. ...Read more

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My throat has been really uncomfortable lately. It's feeling quite itchy and at times feels like I am losing my voice almost. Could it be an infection?

Possibly: The answer depends on the duration of your symptoms and other complaints that you may also have. Typically a throat infection would not persist past 1-2 weeks, but post nasal drainage from an allergy or cold could linger longer, drain to your voicebox an cause some hoarseness. Another common cause of a persistent sore throat is acid reflux, usually occurring silently while you sleep. ...Read more

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My dr said I have one small nodule on my vocal chords but "not to worry about it." I am still losing my voice. Could the nodule cause . Voice loss?

No: A vocal fold nodule is the result of voice abuse, voice misuse, or rarely a tiny bleed into the vocal fold. It is a thickening of the lining surface of the vocal fold. It will disappear with proper voice therapy. It should not be surgically removed because that surgery may result in permanent scarring of the tissue. ...Read more

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How can I fake sick, or lose your voice?

Why: would a doctor want to give your directions on how to fake an illness? Come on now. ...Read more

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Could whispering make you lose your voice?

Could whispering make you lose your voice?

If you whisper: LOUDLY - it can cause a strain on vocal cords. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to lose your voice forever?

Is it possible for you to lose your voice forever?

Aphonia: Depends on the cause &extent of injury to the vocal cords. ...Read more

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Ok so how do you lose your voice? The most effective way?

Ok so how do you lose your voice? The most effective way?

You want to lose it?: I'm thinking you mean the best way to get it back. If so - give it total (TOTAL) rest for several days. No whispering or mouthing words at all. Writing is the safest, but even then try not to be saying the words in your head. All those things pull on the vocal cords a bit. I did it personally and it works best if you don't do them. To lose it - surgery, I guess, but few Drs would do it. Why? ...Read more

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Could i permanently lose my voice?

It's possible: Permanent complete voice loss is rare. However, permanent partial damage to the voice resulting in a scratchy or rough or abnormal voice can happen. If you have other questions you should see a voice specialist near you. ...Read more

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What can keep me from losing my voice?

What can keep me from losing my voice?

Hoarseness: The most common cause of recurrent hoarseness are voice overuse or voice abuse. Screaming, shouting or prolonged talking in a loud volume will result in hoarseness. Do not clear your throat or make yourself cough. Good hydration and proper voice hygiene is the key for prevention! ...Read more

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How can I get my voice back after losing it?

How can I get my voice back after losing it?

Voice rest: Complete voice rest for 10 days, good hydration. Don't clear your throat or whisper. Talk softly if you have to. ...Read more

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Is it harmful to completely lose one's voice?

Is it harmful to completely lose one's voice?

Yes: Aphonia, or complete loss of the voice, coud be something as simple as swelling of the vocal cords, but there could be paralysis of one of the vocal cords. Vocal cord paralysis can be due to benign or malignant processes. It is best to have it evaluated with laryngoscopy. ...Read more