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Singers, others suffer with 'Vegas throat'

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LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

While you might not have heard of it, you might have experienced it.

It's called Vegas throat, and its symptoms include dryness, scratchiness and even a complete loss of voice. It's something vocalists have complained about for years.

Several years ago, U2 singer Bono vowed he would never perform in Las Vegas again, the dry climate wreaking havoc on his throat. Jon Bon Jovi once complained about the same thing. George Jones said dry throat prevented him from hitting high notes in Las Vegas.

"We get the dry throat, we get the scratchiness, the raspiness. We always cough, feel like coughing – we need to clear our throat," said family physician Dr. Daliah Wachs.

Wachs said a variety of things in Southern Nevada can contribute to Vegas throat.

"Not only is it the dust, it's pollen. It's pollution. It's us being in this bowl, a valley. The heat also condenses it. [It's also the] lack of humidity," she said.

In fact, Wachs blames Vegas throat for transforming her voice from high and clear to raspy.

Lisa Marie Smith, a singer in the Stratosphere Theater's production of Pin Up, has dealt with the condition as well.

"Vegas throat is a real issue. Some people don't actually experience it. But some people do, like myself, if you're unlucky," she said.

Smith said she got a case of Vegas throat when she quit taking vitamins and got run-down. She's since changed her regimen.

"Coconut water, regular water, humidifiers – stuff like that," she said.

Wachs said humidifiers, hot showers, steam showers, nasal spray and tea can help alleviate Vegas throat.

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