How to Manage Asthma for Singers

Singing with Asthma

As you might expect, singing with asthma can have a significant impact on the voice, so today we’re going to unpack the condition, it’s effect on singing and how best to manage the symptoms.

Fortunately for many sufferers of Asthma, our understanding of the two main components of asthma, inflammation of the airway as well as airway constriction, have led to the development of excellent medicinal treatments.

As is often the case with many prescribed medicines, when taken long-term, there can be side effects. The severity of the side-effects caused by asthma medication have also improved significantly over the past fifty years, but if you’re currently taking inhaler medications for your asthma, you should be aware of the potential side-effects on your voice. As you may have already guessed, singing with asthma can be a tricky balancing act.  When accounting for the side effects of medication, and the need to develop breath management strategies that facilitate healthy sustainable singing, that is also stylistically appropriate, the singer suffering from asthma will have to reconcile their need to sing alongside their arguably more important need to breathe.

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