- sinus /SAHY-nuhs/
- laryngitis /lar-uhn-JAHY-tis /
- inflammation /in-fluh-MEY-shuhn/
- fatigue /fuh-TEEG/
- discomfort /dis-KUHM-fert/
[noun] – any of the spaces inside the head that are connected to the back of the nose
The treatment for acute sinusitis often involves the use of nasal decongestants and anti-inflammatory medications.
[noun] – a painful swelling of the larynx, usually caused by an infection
Chronic laryngitis can lead to hoarseness, a persistent cough, and difficulty speaking.
[noun] – a red, painful, and often swollen area in or on a part of your body
Chronic inflammation has been linked to various diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and some forms of cancer.
[noun] – extreme tiredness
Studies have shown that fatigue is a common side effect of certain medications, particularly antidepressants and chemotherapy drugs.
[noun] – a feeling of being uncomfortable physically or mentally, or something that causes this
Gastrointestinal discomfort can be caused by a variety of factors, including food intolerance, stress, and digestive disorders.
Respiratory infections, including the common cold and flu, can have a significant impact on our voices. However, singing with a cold or flu is generally safe, according to Declan Costello, a specialist laryngologist at Wexham Park Hospital in the UK. Blocked sinuses or a sore throat is unlikely to affect your singing ability, though they may feel different to the singer. For non-professional performers, it is best to avoid singing to prevent the spread of the virus. Laryngitis, an inflammation of the voice box caused by viral infections, can cause hoarseness, a sore throat, and coughing. When suffering from laryngitis, singers are advised to rest their voice and avoid performing. The main warning signs of laryngitis are vocal fatigue and difficulty singing or speaking. Assistant professor Deirdre Michael emphasizes that laryngitis is not always painful and singers should rest their voice before discomfort sets in. Hoarseness is often the first sign that your vocal cords are struggling, and professional opera singers often report difficulty controlling notes in the middle and lower ranges of their vocal range when their vocal cords become fatigued.
In conclusion, if you have a cold or flu, you can still sing, but it is best to avoid singing if you have laryngitis or are experiencing vocal fatigue and hoarseness. If you are a professional singer, it is important to monitor your voice and take breaks when necessary to avoid further damage to your vocal cords.
- What is your favorite style of singing, and what do you like about it?
- Do you sing when you have a cold or flu? Why or why not?
- If you have a sore throat and a blocked nose, would you still perform if you’re a professional singer?
- Do you believe non-professional performers should avoid singing with a cold or flu?
- Should singers prioritize their health over their performance when suffering from respiratory infections? Why or why not?