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I am a 35 year old woman, who every time I get sick with Bronchitis I loose my voice, this is a recent thing and has happened only in the last year although I have gotten sick 4 or 5 time in the last year and have lost my voice for up to a week. is this something I should worry about and what can I do to prevent it from happening again. Or do you think it could be stress related i normally get ill right after a particularlly stressfull time in my life.

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replied February 11th, 2010
Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders Answer A9938
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Bronchitis to cause voice problems is unusual. Laryngitis (inflammation of voice box) usually produces loss of voice. Acute laryngitis is due to vocal misuse, viral infections and exposure to noxious agents which lead to chronic laryngitis. Cigarette smoking, polluted air can also cause chronic laryngitis. Rarely systemic diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, gastrointestinal reflux disease and irritation from asthma inhalers can also cause this.

In inflammation of vocal cords, they become swollen and their vibration is affected. Treatment of infections, complete voice rest, inhaling humidifiers, cessation of smoking, and treatment of acid reflux disease in those people with it will help regaining the voice and limit the damage.

Dietary restrictions like avoiding caffeine, fatty foods, chocolate, peppermint and irregular meals will also help. Enough hydration with 6-9 glasses of water is important. Hope this information is useful. Thank you.

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