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    Losing my voice after a asthma attack.
    rvm1234 posted:
    I have noticed that after i have a attack i lose my voice for about three to four days,my question to you is that why does this happen and do you have any ideas on why.
    sgbl88 responded:
    I have been experiencing the same thing lately, and have been wondering about the physiology of losing your voice with an asthma attack as well. Hopefully, Dr. Metz will respond to this one.

    Janel1951 responded:
    When I sneeze I also lose my voice.
    7314grape responded:
    I 'm just ending a 5 week bout with allergies that required 7 office visits in the last two weeks. They have me inhalation treaments and a computer spirial examination each time on my ability to blow inside a mouth piece that measures my lungs. I have taken two meds. Anitibotic and somthing that helps bronhitus.

    I'm 66 years old and now getting frequent attacks once a year compared to every few years. It have difficult to cure. I had asthma when I was an infant to two years old.

    Frustrated with this and don't know what to do or what is the reasons. Test are conclusive. I have been to 4 specialist for allergies.
    Debijbak responded:
    I have just recently lost my voice after an attack and would love to hear the response to this as well.
    lilmcd8777 responded:
    It's very common with asthma attacks to lose your voice. When you are having trouble breathing, your lungs are not the only part of your respiratory system that experience inflammation, your whole throat, including vocal cords experience physical stress. I often lose my voice during and after an asthma attack. There's a condition called Vocal Cord Dysfunction that is common for asthmatics to have. When I have an asthma attack, I get a very barky, dry cough. My vocal cords become irritated so badly that they start malfunctioning. I usually lose my voice, and in severe cases, they'll actually start closing up when I'm taking air in (they should be relaxing and opening up to let air pass). There are some speech therapists who work with this condition and can offer special exercises that will help the vocal cords relax and stay open. I also find a lot of success with nebulizer treatments that just contain sterile saline solution. But beyond that, there's not a lot that can be done.
    Debijbak replied to lilmcd8777's response:
    When this happens to you, how long does the lost voice usually last? Over the past three weeks I have been to my primary care physician three times, my pulmonologist twice, as well as an ENT consult - have done a course of steroids and two rounds of antibiotics - have had a laryngoscopy, a chest x-ray and sonogram of the thyroid - no voice (or very limited voice) for three weeks now. Consideration is being given to a bronchoscopy. I am losing my mind although my kids are loving it since I cannot yell at them!
    coughy16 replied to Debijbak's response:
    don't lose hope! I lost my voice during an asthma episode in april, i couldn't get any sound out at all. my allergist told me that if it didn't get better i needed to see ent which i did. He was kind of a jerk. Yelled at me for whispering (if I didnt whisper I couldn't make any sound, how could i answer his questions????) He decided that I must have had laryngitis at some point & forgotten how to talk! He sent me to a speech therapist who was nice, but said she couldn't help because obviously I actually couldn't talk & needed medical attention. I was stressed because I was taking my exchange student to the hospital weekly & every time i went her dr said "you still cant talk?" The speech therapist sent me to a 2nd ent (voice specialty) who insisted on a new laryngoscopy as he couldn't trust the notes of the first ent (they work for the same medical center) He said there was definitely something wrong, gave me a script for prilosec & diflucan in case it was reflex or thrush from inhaler. The next day (I hadn't taken any meds yet) my voice started coming back, after more than 6 weeks! I know that everything was really swollen & irritated from all the coughing, so I spent several hundred dollars to have it just go away by itself, lol, good luck, & may it not take you as long as it did me!!!
    rvm1234 replied to Debijbak's response:
    I usually lose my voice from 3 to 5 days to 28 days
    sgbl88 replied to rvm1234's response:
    Hello again, Have you been to a doctor for this. I am wondering if loosing your voice isn't secondary to something other than the asthma floare like a severe cough, or acid reflux. Usually, for me at least, when I lose my voice to an asthma atack I get it back as soon as I treat it (not always though.

    Hang in there. Answer and solutions are out there.

    macislil1 replied to 7314grape's response:
    Ive been asthmatic since infancy, some 40 years now. This week for the first time I've lost my voice. No pain, no sore throat just a frustrating raspy whisper. The asthmas gone however I'm on day four of this voice thing. Since I've NEVER had it ever, I'm a bit scared. Does anyone know if I should be?

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