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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more


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My husband's nose is constantly stuffed up and he can hardly sleep at night. What can we do? His nose sometimes gets a bit clearer, but it's often stuffed up. He can't breathe through his nose at night and that means he doesn't sleep well because he snore

My husband's nose is constantly stuffed up and he can hardly sleep at night. What can we do? His nose sometimes gets a bit clearer, but it's often stuffed up. He can't breathe through his nose at night and that means he doesn't sleep well because he snore

I : I would recommend that you see your local primary care provider, allergist or ENT provider. There are many reasons for having a stuffy nose (allergies, cold/sinus infection, polyps, deviated septum etc). Saline irrigations, decongestants (oral and nasal), antihistamines are over-the-counter products that can be tried. ...Read more

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I woke and the bridge of my nose was swollen, i can breathe fine through it. There is no redness, and little pain. I may have bumped myself in my sleep but i wanted to make sure it wasn't serious.

I woke and the bridge of my nose was swollen, i can breathe fine through it. There is no redness, and little pain. I may have bumped myself in my sleep but i wanted to make sure it wasn't serious.

Nasal Swelling: Apply an ice pack for a couple of minutes a few times today and see if the swelling regresses. If it worsens or doesn't improve then consider seeing a doctor. Also, take a picture since this can help the doctor. ...Read more

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What can I do to go to sleep. Due to allergies or a cold. My breathing is what's stoping me from sleeping and I can't breath through my nose. Any tips?

What can I do to go to sleep. Due to allergies or a cold. My breathing is what's stoping me from sleeping and I can't breath through my nose. Any tips?

Keep nose open: If the problem is mostly from allergies, then OTC nasal steroid may help. If it is due to a crooked septum, you may try BreatheRight strip or see an ENT to get it straightened out. If medication does not work and no crooked nose, see allergist. Sleep disruption has major impact on your quality of life and performance and must not be ignored. ...Read more

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For 2 years I have difficulty breathing. I have shortness of breath & can't breath through my nose unless im sleeping. Have to bend over & breath deep.

For 2 years I have difficulty breathing. I have shortness of breath & can't breath through my nose unless im sleeping. Have to bend over & breath deep.

Need ENT/ allergy: And pulmonary consults. If everything has been tested and has come back normal but i would recommend that you get a referral to a tertiary care university center for a more high-level evaluation. I can't tell if your ocd perhaps even plays a role in this. You should have your psychiatrist on board with these consultations. Hopefully with everyone putting their minds together they will be able to come up with a solution to your problem. Best wishes. ...Read more

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1 yr old nephew has no appetite, runny nose, wet gurgling noise, shortness of breath, isn't sleeping through the night because he struggles 2 breathe?

1 yr old nephew has no appetite, runny nose, wet gurgling noise, shortness of breath, isn't sleeping through the night because he struggles 2 breathe?

Shortness of breath: Any patient of any age who has shortness of breath and struggles to breath must be seen by a physician. The list of possible diagnoses is long. But the correct diagnosis must be determined and treatment started immediately. ...Read more

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I'm having trouble sleeping because i can breath through my nose yet, can I take one pill of zopiclone with this?

I'm having trouble sleeping because i can breath through my nose yet, can I take one pill of zopiclone with this?

If you can't breathe: Through your nose properly please see a doc. He/she can examine you and perhaps refer you for a procedure to open up the nasal passageways and/or a sleep study. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Having rhinoplasty, with nose packing, will I be able to breathe at all through the packing? Worried I wont be able to sleep like that.

Having rhinoplasty, with nose packing, will I be able to breathe at all through the packing? Worried I wont be able to sleep like that.

Ask surgeon: Sometimes packing can be placed to allow nasal breathing. Make sure your surgeon is a board certified facial plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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Choking feeling while sleeping... Unable to breathe through nose suddenly?

Choking feeling while sleeping... Unable to breathe through nose suddenly?

Suddenly?: Sudden nasal congestion can be from a viral infection. If you have been developing choking in your sleep for a while with some nasal congestion and now your nose is completely blocked you may have nasal allergies and post nasal drip. Depending on the duration of your symptoms either see your primary or an allergist. ...Read more

Dr. Jack Mutnick
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