It is extremely vital for every singer to look after and foster their voice, which indirectly implies taking care of your throat, vocal cords, sinuses, lungs and most importantly your mind. Singing involves a lot of pressure being put on the vocal cords, and demands equal amount of care and nurturing in order to ensure longevity of one’s career in singing.
Singers must follow a stern vocal care routine wherein they nurse and nourish their throat regularly, which includes staying vigilant about any illness or disorder that may harm the quality of their voice.
We have brought to you a list of illnesses to which a singer’s voice is vulnerable and the vocal care routine to be followed on detection of such illnesses. Also, we have covered some advices as to when medical help must be sought for and when may a singer resume singing post illness:
- Raspy voice:
A sore throat or a raspy voice is a signal to alert you well in advance that harsh consequences may follow if you don’t take proper care of your throat. A singer must pay utmost attention if his/her voice gets raspy as curing its aftermath is even more difficult.
A sore throat can easily be avoided by slight changes in your daily singing routine. Your throat is in enormous need for warm up exercises before you begin the constant switching between high and low pitches during rehearsals or performances. Also, taking short but regular singing breaks will give your throat the required time to relax and rejuvenate. Most importantly, keeping your throat warm is the key to avoiding a sore throat. Therefore, consumption is warm beverages is strongly recommended.
The prescribed medication for asthma can dry up your throat and vocal cords, which creates an absolute need for hydration, steam and nebulizing. Increased water intake in your body will calm your sinus and help in regaining the lost moisture to your throat. However, the prescribed medication should never be halted without consulting professional help. Also, special breathing exercises can help you maintain the quality of your voice despite of asthma.
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome:
Overdoing your throat must be avoided in all circumstances and proper rest must be provided to your throat. Fatigue can drain your physical as well as mental capacity to rehearse or perform well. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or CFS can be combatted with good amount of hydration and rest. Following the guidance of a fine vocal coach can help you overcome CFS.
- Gastric reflux:
Gastric reflux can lead the acids from your stomach to your larynx which can cause much discomfort, irritating and burning sensations. This will vastly affect your singing capability and the quality of your voice.
Regulation of your diet and stress-level are the finest ways to get rid of gastric reflux. Managing a balances diet and a healthy singing routine will abstain the acid from flowing to your larynx.
- Increased mucus production:
Even a minor rise in mucus production in your body can make your voice sound stuffy and heavy. Although, you must primarily trace the causal element of such increased mucus production, which might be an allergy, infection, asthma, etc.
Addressal of such traced cause is pertinent, as faster surge in mucus production will make the illness hard to be treated.
The paramount and easiest way-out to increased mucus production is excessive hydration of your body. Raising the volume of fluids in your body will aid you to flush out the accumulated mucus in your body and free your voice from any puffiness.
Some singers also resort to yeti pots and humidifiers in order to get rid of excessive mucus in their body.
When should one seek medical help?
It is critical to note that medical help must be sought for in case of persistence of any vocal problem. An ENT laryngologist must be consulted if voice-loss, voice fatigue, continued pain and irritation in throat, etc. persist for over 48 hours approximately. One might also consider consulting a voice therapist or an organ specialist in case of any particular illness.
When can a singer restart singing post a vocal injury?
A doctor’s guidance and advice must be strictly adhered to while resuming the vocal activities. However, it is ideal to restart singing once the pain and irritation has completely ended. Although, recovery from any illness may take some time in getting your vocal cords back to normal.
A singer’s throat and vocal cords require intensive care and undue attention in order to keep up with the premium quality that one’s voice originally possesses. Ample and regular rest, hydration and alertness must be the go-to drill for every singer so that any chronic or incurable disorder can be prevented.
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