Well its another spring on the way, and with it comes spring allergies. As a voice teacher I find that I’m always addressing this issue in the spring and fall. So why do we get sick from allergies? Allergens that are prevalent in spring tend to get caught in our nasal passages. If we don’t keep our sinus’ clear , these allergens can turn into bacteria and infect our throat, vocal folds, larynx, and chest. Using a Nedi pot can greatly reduce your chances of getting sick. What is a Nedi pot? Its an in expensive pot that looks kind of like a Jeanies lamp. In it goes water, salt, and baking soda. Mix up the contents and hanging over the sink, pour the water (carefully)! into your nose. Its tricky at first, but you’d be amazed at how much mucous and “gunk’ comes out as a result. Use your Nedi pot daily or even twice daily to avoid the allergies of spring! Allergy medications are another complicated area for singers. We know that a good anti-histamine can dry out the runny nose and watery eyes. Problem is, as singers we need moisture to produce healthy sound. Getting a medication with a “D” on it is your best bet. “D” stands for decongestant. Usually this means that there is a medication called “guafenecin’ in the meds. Guafenecin helps us to produce the thin mucous so vital for sound production, while at the same time inhibiting the production of the thick mucous.This will allow you to dry up those pesky allergies while being able to sing your heart out. It really works. So there’s a few tips concerning spring allergies.Questions?