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Welcome to singershealth.com, a comprehensive source of health information for singers and other professional voice users. Here you will find timely references regarding all aspects of vocal wellness, as well as onsite and online wellness, therapy and instruction services for singers, corporate speakers, actors, lawyers, teachers and other professional voice users.

     

Karen Wicklund

wicklund@singershealth.com

Regimens for Managing Acute Illness in Singers

FOR UPPER RESPIRATORY INFECTIONS:

Though I used to recommend the herbal/vitamin emergency remedy listed near the bottom of this page, recently I have found that ONE SINGLE SUPPLEMENT- ZINC meltaway tablets, work better than the rest of them combined.  The efficacy of zinc treatment of URIs has been proven in many recent studies. Here is  picture of zinc tablets- the Equaline/Osco brand, but you can also get the Zicam ones if you want to spend more money.  If you take one of these zinc tablets EVERY THREE HOURS on feeling your cold symptoms you will get over your cold in a few days and most of the time avoid getting the nagging cough that sometimes comes with a cold.

The following is the herbal/vitamin regimen I had previously recommended:

© 1999 Dr. Karen Wicklund

MAINTENANCE
(to preserve immune function)

EMERGENCY!
(when catching a cold: the "sixes:"
6 equally spaced doses for 4 to 5 days during onset)

1. Echinacea Capsules

360 to 450 mg
2 to 3 capsules / 3 x a day
(two weeks on, two weeks off)

1. Echinacea/Goldenseal

Caps, 360 to 450 mg
2 to 3 caps / 6 x a day

and

2. Others as per herbalist direction

and

2. Kwai garlic
2 tablets / 6 x a day

and

3. Vitamins as per RDA

and

3. Vitamin C
3,000 to 6,000 mg/day until system saturates

and

Cold-Eeeze lozenges
6 per day

For assistance with locating a certified herbalist in your area:

Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine.
5313 Colorado Street
Duluth, MN 55804
(218) 525-5651

email: info@aihm.org

website: www.aihm.org

American Assn. of Naturopathic Physicians
Box 20386
Seattle, Washington 98102
(206) 323-7610

For further information regarding herbal remedies for singers:

Wicklund, Karen and Saltmarsh, Sue. (November/December 1997). "Herbal medications for singers." The NATS Journal of Singing.: 62-65.

SINGERS EXPERIENCING SUDDEN VOICE LOSS:

For singers, it can be terrifying to lose one's voice suddenly.  Singers may cough, sneeze or clear their throats and then find their phonation is immediately raspy, hoarse and/or with diplophonia (double pitch).  A sudden voice change may indicate a vocal hemorrhage, or vocal "accident" where tiny blood vessels (varices) in the vocal folds can burst and bleed into the body of the vocal fold. 

If you are a singer and you experience a sudden vocal change, do not hesitate and GET IN TO SEE YOUR LARYNGOLOGIST IMMEDIATELY.  If your laryngologist finds you have hemorrhaged your vocal folds, he/she can help you heal faster through timely treatments, usually with steroidal medications.  Timely use of these medications at the onset of vocal hemorrhage can help you avoid further damage to your vocal folds and help to speed your recovery during your expert voice team treatments.

   

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