Singing with allergies can be a pain in the rear. Drainage can cause cracks in your voice, soreness in your vocal cords, and a myriad of other annoying complications. I want to give you a brief post as to what I do when the allergies are hitting me with a vengeance.
If you are having trouble with your allergies, or perceive that you will have trouble with allergies in the future, be proactive! Start taking allergy medicine as soon as you feel an attack coming along. Out of all the medicines I have tried, Claritin-D seems to work the best for me. I take my 24 hour Claritin pill every day, but when I sense my allergies will be bad on a certain day, I move to take the Claritin-D in lue of the 24 Claritin. It has a more immediate and powerful effect for clearing out my sinuses. Taking allergy medicines dry up your sinuses, allowing you to sing without have to worry about mucous covering your vocal cords and hindering you from singing to your full potential.
**Precautionary Warning: As I said above, medicines will dry up your allergies. To help counteract this, please drink plenty of water after taking the medicine. Not drinking water after taking allergy medicine can be just as bad as singing with allergies. If you find that medicine dries you out too much, you may want to forgo the medicine route and use a more organic medicinal approach to relieving allergies, such as taking Vitamin C pills.
Drink Herbal Teas
Herbal teas have a wonderful way of clearing out your throat of any excess mucous. Add a touch of honey to your favorite herbal tea to enhance the experience. On days when I struggle with allergies, herbal tea is the best organic remedy I can find (chamomile tea is my favorite!). It soothes my vocal cords and allows me to approach singing without a fear of cracking or breaking.
Take A Shower
If all else fails, take a long and hot shower. This will get your sinuses flowing and hopefully release all the excess drainage from your system. Drink some water after the shower (or even your favorite herbal tea) to remove any leftover drainage on your vocal cords.
I hope these tips have been helpful. What do you do when you are suffering from allergies? I would love to hear from you!
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