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Sleep Apnea Nasal Congestion
Is sleep apnea caused by not getting enough oxygen through my nose or is the problem sourced in my neck? I have chronic nasal congestion.
Not your nose: People with complete nasal blockade will simply begin to breathe through their mouth while asleep. This is not sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is closure of the airway due to obstruction of tissue in the back of the throat (posterior pharynx) and it requires surgery or continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) to open it. ...Read more
Sleep apnea has two causes. It may be 'central' or 'obstructive'. Central apnea occurs as a disorder in the way the brain controls breathing. Obstructive sleep apnea is much more common and involves an anatomical blockage of the airway. Usually, the tongue blocks the airway, preventing the passage of air between the a sleep study is needed to diagnose particular ...Read more
What causes my dry mouth sometimes when asleep even when there is no nasal congestion during the day? I do not have sleep apnea.
Mouth breathing: Is the most likely reason. Some medications can do that as well. ...Read more
Can nasal congestion cause temporary sleep apena? Waking up gasping for air when nose is congested. Husband says I don't snore.
Yes: Apnea technically is the cessation of breathing, usually caused by blockage of the airways in the throat or from the brain not sending signals to breathe. The nasal passages being congested usually causes people to sound like they are gasping, because they are forced to breathe through their mouths, not technically causing apnea, but close. ...Read more
Have been taking claratin 10 mg for few days and getting excellent sleep. Does this mean my main pblm is allergy and not nasal congestion?
Could be, but: Allergy is a sort of chronic inflammation, and that can lead to congestion too, if claritin helped, fine, stay on it, use it regularly for sometime, even if you have no symptoms, read the labels carefully to make sure it suits you. If later symptoms develop, and claritin isn't as effective, you may want to see an allergist if u have access to one in your area, or follow up with your ENT specialist ...Read more
I'm have severe nasal congestion as a result of my cold. I've used so many nasal spray, rynex, and more. But nothing helps and I can't sleep cause of it?
So many nasal sprays: Maybe that's the problem, if overuse nasal decongestant sprays, you may develop rebound congestion, besides it might not only be congestion, bacterial infection may need antibiotics, and perresistant inflammation may need steroids, local or systemic, so better see your doctor, best wishes ...Read more
My 7mos baby has colds and nasal congestion making her difficult to sleep at night. What should I do?
As above: Have her see a pediatrician for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more
The past two nights I've woken up in the middle of the night very hot and with nasal congestion. Go back to sleep and feel fine. What could this be?
PCP: Time to visit a doctor.Get a more detailed answer ›
I suffer from chronic nasal congestion with no relief from common medicatioins, it interferes with my sleep, what can I do?
20 weeks preg. No sleep x 6 nights, severe nasal congestion. Is sudafed (pseudophedrine) best OTC choice? Safe? Better than sudafed pe (phenylephrine)?
What could cause lump feeling when I swallow (right side only) & periodic nasal congestion same side (sleeping & sometimes day)? Endoscopy was normal
Day 4/10 abx, can't sleep last few days nasal congestion and cough. What should I do? Need to go back to doctor? Uti feels better, but my pneumonia is same!
It takes a while: For pneumonia symptoms to get better. I would not expect a great improvement on day 4 of antibiotics. Are you sleeping with a cool mist humidifier? Guiafenesin with dextromorphan will help the cough as will honey in water with lemon juice. If not improving any after 7 days go back to dr. ...Read more
Claritin D sleep works great to clear nighttime nasal congestion but now I'm awake and jittery due as side effect. Other options? (mucinex (guaifenesin) D)?
My 3 years old daughter have nasal congestion and sneezing no fever. What to do for nasal congestion?? . albuterol sulfate is fine? So she can sleep
Nasal wash/saline: Albuterol sulfate has no value to a kid with a congested nose or sneezing. Any improvement you may have seen from a neb treatment would be from the moisture thinning her mucus. Most cases are aggravated by airborne irritants like dust, fumes or fragrances. Washing the irritants from the inside of her nose reduces her bodies reaction to them. Thus reducing the swelling & extra drainage they trigger ...Read more
I am experiencing swollen tonsils, nasal congestion, difficulty sleeping and difficulty breathing (worsened by: after exercise, lying flat) (quali...
Been prescribed flomax for under active bladder. Causing severe nasal congestion to the point where I cant breathe and struggle to sleep. What can I take to decongest as antihistamines are alpha antagonists and flomax is an alpha blocker?
Stop Flomax: The side effect you are experiencing is annoying, but but not dangerous. Stop the Flomax and talk to your doctor about an alternative medication. ...Read more
I’ve been using fluticasone propionate and just sprayed 2 sprays in each nostril about 20 minutes ago before I got in bed. I am unable to sleep because I have so much nasal congestion and I can’t breathe great. Can I use Afrin spray in addition?
Yes you can: But don't exceed recommended dosage / duration, usually not more than few days, till the steroid nasal spray starts to work, also make sure you use the right technique for applying a nasal spray : ' look at your toes while spraying your nose', point towards your ear not your eye, while the sprayer is inside your nose, (e.g. use the left hand to spray the right nostril), and finally sniff gently ...Read more
No luck w/sprays/meds 4 nasal congestion/nosebleeds. RIght septal deviation on CT. Difficulty breathing/sleeping. Options besides septoplasty?
What is it? I have nasal congestion (stuffiness), nasal drainage, insomnia, difficulty sleeping (quality: difficulty falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep), sinus pain, body aches and cough (worsened by: lying down, at night) (quality: with phlegm or
How long?: If these symptoms started less than 2 weeks ago, it is likely from the lingering viral infection ongoing in the community. I usually see this infection in patients who have been exposed to young children. If this has been going on for more than a mouth. See doctor to rule out a sinus infection, ...Read more
Is congested nose after sleep a sign of sleep apnea? I notice it every day when I wake up sometimes I also have sore throat?
I'm at my wits end. I'm mainly looking for an ENT I can talk with, I have been getting weird symptoms from sleep apnea, dirt like taste in back of throat, blocked nose, tonsillectomy didn't help.
What symptoms can a deviated septum cause? Could my deviated septum be the reason behind my allergies, breathing trouble, congestion and sleep apnea?
Dr. Chung Suffering from an upper respitory infection. Do to congestion HBP and sleep apnea, im scared to tak my xanex. Is it okay to Take melatonin?
My daughter is 3 & has been having nasal congestion for about a month I tryed everything the nebulizer that helps her but I night she has trouble slee?
See her doctor: The first things to try are using a cool mist humidifier (not a steam one!), saline nose drops and a bulb to suction the mucous, and increasing oral fluids. If you have tried these things and she is not better, she should see her doctor. She could have an infection, or something lodged in her nose, or an allergic reaction. ...Read more
Depends on cause.: A good thorough exam by an otolaryngologist should give you the answer. There are many causes of nasal obstruction:allergies, deviated septum, polyps, sinusitis, turbinate hypertrophy. Too many to get into in this format. You need to be evaluated by an ENT to figure this one out. ...Read more
Identify trigger: To determine the correct treatment, the cause of nasal congestion should be found. There is a wide range of triggers including allergies, deviated nasal septum, nasal polyps, chronic sinus infection, adenoid hypertrophy, medication side effects, etc. An allergist or ENT doctor can assist you by taking a thorough history and performing an exam and other tests as needed. ...Read more
Congestion: There are several causes of nasal obstruction including congestion from allergies and anatomical issues, too. The only way to tell the cause is to have your nose evaluated by a board certified otolaryngologist, ...Read more
Blocked nose: There are several causes of nasal obstruction including congestion from allergies and anatomical issues, too. The only way to tell the cause is to have your nose evaluated by a board certified otolaryngologist, ...Read more
Congestion: Saline nasal spray or gel moisturizes nasal passages & helps remove mucus as well as bacteria/viruses. If ambient air is dry, running a vaporizer will help loosen mucus. If sinuses ache or have pressure or ears feel "full", an otc decongestant like sudafed may help. (caution if you have high blood pressure; decongestants can raise it.) afrin spray ok for 2-3 days max (same about bp). ...Read more
Decongestant: Try decongestant. There are a number of safe products you can buy OTC. You can also try saline nasally to clear the congestion. ...Read more
Several things: This is a problem that necessitates a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. This will allow him/her to examine you, ask specific questions. And possibly order tests to find out what's wrong and what to do to help you. ...Read more
Suction: If the nose is congested and full of mucous the best way to clear the nasal passages of a toddler who cannot blow the nose is to use a suction bulb. Spraying the nostrils with an OTC nasal saline and then using the suction bulb works best. There will be a protest, but "just suck it up"! ...Read more
Saline: Spray saline into your nostrils frequently.Get a more detailed answer ›
This is the cessation of breathing for 10 seconds or more. Most apnea is obstructive being caused by collapse or obstruction of the airway leading to lack of air flow. However, it can be a central process, where the respiratory center of the brain fails to signal the respiratory respiratory system to initiate a breath. Lastly, some apnea is mixed central ...Read more