I’m a 50 yr old singer,and this past year my throat is dry a lot!! My voice cracks & I can’t reach my range all the time. Caffeine and ice have a negative effect on my throat. What am I to do?
The best advice always is to go to a doctor (ENT or laryngologist) and have your cords looked at. Make sure the condition is not being caused by acid reflux, allergies or some other physical condition. You are at an age where women often get thyroid disease and that can cause dryness, as can peri-menopause. You need to work with a medical expert to determine what is creating the condition. At the same time, stop caffeine and ice if they affect you adversely. Drink lots of water and Throat Coat Tea (Traditional Medicinals). Steam. Avoid cough drops and use only Thayers lozenges (health food store). Work with a coach to get a cleaner phonation, brighter resonance and solid breath support. Rest. Rest deeply.