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My voice is gone, is this a part of bronchitis?

My voice is gone, is this a part of bronchitis?

No: Your voice is gone because of the impact of something upon the vocal cords, which reside in the upper airway. Bronchitis occurs in the lower airways, exclusive of the vocal cords. ...Read more

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I lost my voice because of bronchitis so how do I get my voice back?

I lost my voice because of bronchitis so how do I get my voice back?

Rest...: Rest your voice as much as possible by not raising your voice, etc. Also, drink plenty of fluids. Avoid straining your voice. It will return in a few days. If it doesn't, you need to see your doctor. ...Read more

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I lost my voice because of bronchitis! How do I relieve the pain and get my voice back?

Don't worry...: Your voice will gradually return once the inflammation from the bronchitis resolves. Meanwhile, drink plenty of fluids and try not to strain your voice ie try not to raise your voice, etc. Rest yourself and your voice as much as possible and your voice should return gradually to normal in a few days. If it doesn't, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Can bronchitis make me lose my voice? My bf has bronchitis but im not experiencing any of his symptoms other than losing my voice which he hasn't

Can bronchitis make me lose my voice? My bf has bronchitis but im not experiencing any of his symptoms other than losing my voice which he hasn't

Bronchitis: This is almost invariably a viral illness and the same virus can also cause laryngitis with loss of voice. You may have gotten the virus but it acted differently in your body. ...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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Lost my voice due to bronchitis. What can I do to be ably to sound normal again? I sound like a 90 year old man.

Lost my voice due to bronchitis. What can I do to be ably to sound normal again? I sound like a 90 year old man.

Don't talk: I once had this and a very helpful pharmacist expanded on the good advice from my primary care physician. He'd told me to rest my voice as much as possible. Drink soothing tepid fluids, gargle w/ saline, etc. ADDED to that was: Don't whisper (it's even worse than talking) and don't even form words w/ mouth. The vocal cords play along and don't rest. They need a few days off. It worked! Write notes ...Read more

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I've had acute bronchitis for a few weeks now. Already saw doc. How do I know when I'm getting better? I still cough in morning & my voice is not 100%

I've had acute bronchitis for a few weeks now. Already saw doc. How do I know when I'm getting better? I still cough in morning & my voice is not 100%

Probably not bronch: You likely no longer have the original infection, but are suffering from your body's response to your illness. If you still have post nasal drip, it can give you a nasty cough with phlegm for weeks to months after a viral illness. Go back and see your physician, and tell him/her you're still suffering. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with bronchitis 3 weeks ago, then bronchial restriction and laryngitis 1 week ago. Still hoarse. How long should I rest my voice (teacher)?

Bronchospasm...: As an episode of bronchitis resolves, you can develop bronchospasm which can account for at least some of your symptoms. Bronchodilator and steroid inhalers may be needed to help these symptoms resolve. It will likely take at least a few days for the hoarseness to resolve. See your doctor for a prescription for the inhalers. ...Read more

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I had bronchitis. Lost my voice for 3 days. Then I got a cough/lasted for 2 months now. Taken steroids, asthma and antibotics the cough won't go away.

I had bronchitis. Lost my voice for 3 days. Then I got a cough/lasted for 2 months now. Taken steroids, asthma and antibotics the cough won't go away.

Time for evaluation: If you haven't had a chest x ray, it would be a good start. You can have what is called increased vocal fold sensitivity after a cold, but that should last about this long. Other considerations are allergy, sinusitis, and reflux. Allergy and asthma should have at least temporarily improved on steroids. Seeing an ENT can frequently be a good start when dealing with chronic cough ...Read more

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38yr f. Bronchitis for 2months w/asthma. Z-pack started 11/3, no voice for 7 days now. When can I expect my voice to heal and come back?

Pharyngitis: This is most commonly due to viral infection and the degree and rapidity of recovery will vary with the virus involved, the person infected, whether or not they smoke or are exposed to second hand smoke and other factors. Recovery may be slow and progressive but take time. Be patient and hope you are better soon. ...Read more

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I have bronchitis obliternas and am due for a lung transplant soon. Do you guys think my voice won't change because of my illness?

I have bronchitis obliternas and am due for a lung transplant soon. Do you guys think my voice won't change because of my illness?

No: Do you mean bronchiolitis obliterans? This is destruction of the bronchioles, which are very small airway channels within the lungs. No, your voice would not change since the voice box isn't transplanted. ...Read more

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My throat is very sore and also very itchy. And I'm beginning to lose my voice. I have been in contact with a baby who has bronchitis.

My throat is very sore and also very itchy. And I'm beginning to lose my voice. I have been in contact with a baby who has bronchitis.

Might be: That viral infection you've been hearing about. It is a common virus infection. In adults the disease is like any cold; in young children it can be quite serious. Viral illnesses (except flu) cannot be treated by antibiotics. ...Read more

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Sudden random cough, eyes water, start gagging, throat closes and lose my voice. Had bronchitis few months ago. Feel fine and then throat tickles?

Sudden random cough, eyes water, start gagging, throat closes and lose my voice. Had bronchitis few months ago. Feel fine and then throat tickles?

All of the things: You describe can happen in rapid sequence once the throat is irritated and a cough is triggered. The airways can be reactive following an infection (post-infectious reactive airways), triggered by irritants (smoke, gas), tobacco use, or difficulty swallowing. Would consider consulting a specialist in Coughs, either a pulmonary disease or allergy specialist. Good wishes:) ...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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Cough 4 6 weeks, bronchitis. Lost voice 5 days ago. No sore throat. Can nearly speak. Can I get my voice back faster? Seen doc says its a cold

Cough 4 6 weeks, bronchitis. Lost voice 5 days ago. No sore throat. Can nearly speak. Can I get my voice back faster? Seen doc says its a cold

Don't force it: Avoid drying agents like sudafed. Don't try to force yourself to be heard. If you try to force it, you can strain your vocal cords and make the problem last a lot longer. So whisper, or right notes. Nod or shake your head solemnly, and people will think you are wise! The sages of history were known to not speak much. Or, as my ex said, if you need something done just "grunt and point!!! " ...Read more

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Why is my voice gone?

Why is my voice gone?

Look to the voicebox: If your voice is gone, there is likely some issue with the vocal cords. If difficulty with your voice lasts for more than 10-14 days, I would recommend seeing an ENT who is trained to deal with voice health for an evaluation and to see how you can avoid this in the future. ...Read more

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My voice is gone, How can I get it back?

My voice is gone, How can I get it back?

Fluids, steam, rest.: Any time you get laryngitis (loss of voice) drink lots of fluids and get as much rest as possible. A complete loss of voice implies that you have a pretty significant infection and I would not ignore the symptoms. Voice rest and steam (in the shower) will help. If you are not getting better after 2 weeks, I would get in and see an ENT specialist to make sure nothing more serious is going on. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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My voice has been gone for quite a while. Are there any easy-to-do, "at home" ways for me to get my voice back? Thanks!

Get checked!: Hoarseness for more than 6 weeks should be evaluated by an ENT doctor. General remedies include not whispering, using your voice as little as possible at a soft level but not whispering, drink a lot of water and avoid irritants like caffeine or alcohol. ...Read more

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My voice has been gone for 3 days. I was yelling two days before it was actually gone. What can be the cause and how can I treat it with home remedies?

My voice has been gone for 3 days. I was yelling two days before it was actually gone. What can be the cause and how can I treat it with home remedies?

Rest your voice: Laryngitis can be caused by shouting or straining your voice too much. It sounds like that is what happened. You should give your voice a rest. If you are a singer or need to use your voice for work, you might want to think about taking voice lessons to learn how to protect your voice. If you were also smoking or drinking, limit how much you smoke or drink. Better yet, quit smoking completely. ...Read more

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Is it normal that my voice is gone due to cough?

Not normal per se: Infections can sometimes travel to the larynx (voice box) and cause a person to lose their voice. If it persists, seek medical attention. Best wishes. ...Read more

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My voice keeps going squeaky then goes normal again. I've alreayd gone through puberty and am not sick. Any thoughts!?

My voice keeps going squeaky then goes normal again. I've alreayd gone through puberty and am not sick. Any thoughts!?

If you strain your: Vocal cords, as in yelling at a ball game, they can become a little swollen & red, causing some hoarseness. If you yell chronically, you can get " screamers' nodules." If it persists 2 weeks, have an ENT look at your vocal cords to figure out what's causing your intermittent hoarseness. ...Read more

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My voice is different than it was a few years ago. I've already gone through puberty long time ago. What could cause this?

My voice is different than it was a few years ago. I've already gone through puberty long time ago. What could cause this?

Many things: Age, allergies, acid reflux, overuse and abuse, smoking, cancer, nodules...The list goes on.

If your issues are severe or persist more than a week get checked by your ENT or laryngologist (voice box specialist). ...Read more

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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?

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). ...Read more

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Bronchitis (Definition)

An inflammation of the mucous membranes of the bronchi. May be caused by either viral or bacterial infections, and is treated with antibiotics, steroids, inhaled bronchodilators, or mucolytics. Bronchitis can ...Read more