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When exercising, should you breathe through your nose, mouth or a combination of both if you have asthma?

When exercising, should you breathe through your nose, mouth or a combination of both if you have asthma?

Nose: In general, breathing through your nose humidifies and warms the air you inhale, making it more gentle to your airways. ...Read more

Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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I go for running everyday 40 minutes. Should I breathe through nose or mouth or both. If I breath through mouth can it cause protrusion of teeth?

I go for running everyday 40 minutes. Should I breathe through nose or mouth or both. If I breath through mouth can it cause protrusion of teeth?

Protrusion: I'll leave th nose/mouth breathing question to my Sports Medicine colleagues. As far as mouth breathing causing dental protrusion, totally incorrect. Mouth breathing does NOT cause protrusion. ...Read more

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Is it better to breathe through your nose or mouth when you are exercising?

Is it better to breathe through your nose or mouth when you are exercising?

Nose: The nose is an air processor. It warms, filters and humidifies the air you breath so that when it gets to your lungs it is clean, warm and moist - just the way the lungs like it. By mouth breathing your lungs have to work harder because the air hasn't been processed. ...Read more

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What are some tips to breathe thru nose for a mouth breather? What are some complications if breathe thru mouth?

What are some tips to breathe thru nose for a mouth breather? What are some complications if breathe thru mouth?

Try netti pot: Saline irrigations with a netti pot or sinurinse bottle may help. An exam by an ENT would help tell what might be blocking your nose. Swollen tissue due to allergy or other irritants, nasal polyps, chronic infection or large adenoids could all play a part. Steroid nasal sprays are frequently prescribed for a month, as they are probably the most helpful, safe medication for nasal congestion. ...Read more

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I run for 15 minutes in morning and 15 mins in evening on grassy ground. Very comfortable, no pain anywhere. Should I breathe from mouth or nose?

I run for 15 minutes in morning and 15 mins in evening on grassy ground. Very comfortable, no pain anywhere. Should I breathe from mouth or nose?

Running+breathing~: Hi~ I don't know, but urban legend dictates that if you nose breathe you won't get a "stitch" whereas you do earlier if you mouth breathe. My experience when training for marathons was that you get stitches when u are unfit and slow nose breathing is the norm when you are fit. But I really don't know. I almost always nose breathed when I ran. But your call! :-)) ...Read more

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How come during allergy season I can hardly breathe out of my nose & mouth? I have a stuffy nose mostly at night.

How come during allergy season I can hardly breathe out of my nose & mouth? I have a stuffy nose mostly at night.

Allergy diffi breath: Allergy due to inhalants during spring, summer and fall season does cause nasal congestion, itchy eyes, sneezing and cough.You have prblem breathing out of nose because your nose is blocked due to congestion, that's what happens when you are not treated. You can try over the counter meds like claritin, zyrtec or Allegra with/out sudafed and if you don't feel better see your md who can rx inhaled steroids. ...Read more

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Is adenoidectomy indicated with 99% blockage but no congestion/rhinits symptoms (can breathe through nose but does mouth breathe while sleeping)?

Is adenoidectomy indicated with 99% blockage but no congestion/rhinits symptoms (can breathe through nose but does mouth breathe while sleeping)?

Yes: If the radiological diagnosis is correct, it is hard to believe a child can breathe properly. Rhinitis or congestion of the nose is a nasal problem. Hypertrophic (enlargement) of the adenoids in the back of the nose can lead to two major problems, recurrent ear problems and snoring or even sleep disorder. Yes, adenoidectomy, in my opinion, is indicated. ...Read more

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Can't breathe through nose, breathes only via mouth, noticed when 1 yr old, had X-ray, doc says Grade 3 ADENOIDS and 3+ tonsils, how to treat?

Can't breathe through nose, breathes only via mouth, noticed when 1 yr old, had X-ray, doc says Grade 3 ADENOIDS and 3+ tonsils, how to treat?

Mgt: I would suggest a virtual appointment to review his history and symptoms. If he has sleep problems, apnea or other related health issues, a referral can be made. ...Read more

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Is it better to breath from your nose or mouth?

Is it better to breath from your nose or mouth?

Nose: Better to nose breathe so that air can be filtered. Also, mouthbreathing makes the mouth dry and that can lead to more bacterial buildup and other issues. ...Read more

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Is it better to breathe through your mouth or nose?

Is it better to breathe through your mouth or nose?

Nose: The nose is the air conditioner for the body. It warms, humidifies and filters the air we breathe. It is better to breath through your nose whenever you can. ...Read more

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Is it better to breath through your mouth or nose when exercising?

Breath in vs out: Breath in through your nose - filters the air and out through your mouth - exhale more easily. ...Read more

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Why can I breath in/out longer through my nose rather than my mouth?

Why can I breath in/out longer through my nose rather than my mouth?

It turns out that: The question of nose breathing vs mouth breathing has been extensively studied and nose breathing is clearly superior. The nasal route optimizes the intake of oxygen and expiration of carbon dioxide, contributing to a regular, efficient breathing rate and improves lung volumes. By contrast, mouth breathing results in over-breathing elevating blood pressure/heart rate, with mild chronic oxygen deficit ...Read more

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Please tell me if it is normal to breathe through mouth and not nose?

Not uncommon: Most patients breathe through their mouth versus nose due to a reduced air passage through their nose (i.e. enlarged adenoids, nasal septum etc...). This brings concern when sleep apnea is associated with mouth breathing. Another concern is that mouth breathing also increases dry mouth which can lead to major dental issues. A physical exam by your dentist or ENT specialist can determine true dx. ...Read more

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I m unable to take breath from a nose instead of that I have to use my mouth?

I m unable to take breath from a nose instead of that I have to use my mouth?

Need to see MD: Inablity to breathe through can be due to
chronic nasal congection due to allergies
enlarged adenoids
nasal polyps
you need to have yourself checked and treat the cause. ...Read more

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Can I train myself to breathe through my nose instead of my mouth?

Can I train myself to breathe through my nose instead of my mouth?

Yes but hard: If you are a habitual mouth breather... It is likely you have nasal obstruction... A deviated septum/enlarged turbinates or an enlarged adenoid... ...Read more

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If I'm around cigarette smoke is it better to breathe through my mouth or nose?

Either...: Breathe however you want, but get away from the cigarette smoke first. If it gets into you, it'll cause problems, so run away. ...Read more

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Why is your sense of taste impaired when you only breathe through your mouth and not your nose?

Smell not taste: Taste is sensed through the mouth. Example is sweet. The flavor of food derives mostly from smell. The smell sensors are located in the nasal roof. ...Read more

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Nose always block with bulgum and not able to smell well and some time I take breath from mouth?

Allergies?: You may be suffering from nasal allergies or chronic sinusitis if your smell is affected. See an otolaryngologist or allergist for proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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My mouth is always slightly open so I can breathe. Do I need surgery so I can breathe through my nose?

My mouth is always slightly open so I can breathe. Do I need surgery so I can breathe through my nose?

Nasal Congestion: See an ENT doc for a definitve answer. Surgery is needed in some cases but allergies and infections are quite common and should be treated as well. Often if these issues are eliminated or controlled a minor septal deviation can be asymptomatic... ...Read more

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My nose is stuffy and it's kind of hard to breathe through the mouth because of how dry it gets. What should I do?

My nose is stuffy and it's kind of hard to breathe through the mouth because of how dry it gets. What should I do?

Stuffy nose: For short term stuffiness, you could you a decongestant. If this is long term, though, I would suggest seeing an ENT to search for a cause. Feel better! ...Read more

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Last night I was awakened because I felt stuff coming up out of my mouth and nose and I had to gasp for breath. Why is that?

Last night I was awakened because I felt stuff coming up out of my mouth and nose and I had to gasp for breath. Why is that?

Reflux: Stomach acid coming up into the back of the throat gets aspirated into the trachea. You wake up choking. Chronic reflux can damage lungs. Start with your family physician. ...Read more

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I got bad breath with nose and mouth?

I got bad breath with nose and mouth?

Infection?: Infections, periodontal disease or a hiatal hernia could cause this. An ENT and dentist could rule out the different possibilities. ...Read more

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Is it possible to breath in your nose while breathing out od your mouth?

Is it possible to breath in your nose while breathing out od your mouth?

No: Not resulting in meaningful respiration. "circular" breathing is a techniques used by wind players, but no gas exchange occurs. ...Read more

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What can I do to stop mouth breathing and breathe through my nose instead?

What can I do to stop mouth breathing and breathe through my nose instead?

Correct nasal obstru: First you need to find out why you breath to your mouth. Usually mean some kind of nasal obstruction due to many causes, aomong then allergy, nasal polyps, deviated septum. When you correct the nasal obstruction you will breath normally throught your nose. ...Read more

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Inflamation in my nose I can't breath through my nose just my mouth and when I breath through my nose really hurts a lot?

Congested nose?: Get some nasal decongestant medicine, anti histamine as well as use the humidifier to help your nose. A steam from a hot water may help to humidify your nose. Also you can get nasal spray for your nose. Ultimately, if nothing helps you should go to see your doctor to get checked. ...Read more

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