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Doctor insights on: Sleep Apnea Nasal Congestion

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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.

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

Dr. Patricia Mcgarry
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Obstructive Sleep Apnea (Definition)

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


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Can nasal congestion cause temporary sleep apena? Waking up gasping for air when nose is congested. Husband says I don't snore.

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

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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?

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

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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?

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

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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?

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?

Cold: You may be coming down with a cold or it may be that your bedroom is too hot at night and the nasal congestion is from dryness. Lower the thermostat before you go to sleep to see if it helps and monitor your temperature. ...Read more

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I suffer from chronic nasal congestion with no relief from common medicatioins, it interferes with my sleep, what can I do?

I suffer from chronic nasal congestion with no relief from common medicatioins, it interferes with my sleep, what can I do?

Multiple Causes: Nasal congestion can be from many different causes - including structural problems (deviated septum), nasal polyps, allergies, thyroid diseases. Evaluation may include getting a ct scan of one's nose and sinuses, allergy testing and blood work. ...Read more

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20 weeks preg. No sleep x 6 nights, severe nasal congestion. Is sudafed (pseudophedrine) best OTC choice? Safe? Better than sudafed pe (phenylephrine)?

See bellow: For allergic disorders in pregnancy:
category a
• doxylamine
category b
• Benadryl (diphenhydramine)-3rd trimester, Chlor-Trimeton (chlorpheniramine), cyproheptadine, gastrocrom (cromolyn sodium), singulair (montelukast), xyzal (levocetirizine), zyrtec (cetirizine hcl). ...Read more

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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!

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

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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)?

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)?

Don't use "D": The "D" in many medications is causing your side effects of being awake and jittery. Please only use oral antihistamines without the "D" to help with nasal congestion - zyrtec, allegra, claritin. You can also try OTC nasal steroid sprays. ...Read more

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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

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

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I am experiencing swollen tonsils, nasal congestion, difficulty sleeping and difficulty breathing (worsened by: after exercise, lying flat) (quali...

I am experiencing swollen tonsils, nasal congestion, difficulty sleeping and difficulty breathing (worsened by: after exercise, lying flat) (quali...

Swollen tonsils: Swollen tonsils can be due to many things: did you have a cold recently? Allergies? Fevers? What is your diet like? We can help. Send answers. Consult with us to help solve this issue. ...Read more

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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

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

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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?

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?

Check for sinusitis: Possible sinus issue with postnasal drip causing the sore throat. Sleep apnea unlikely to be the culprit, but you might enquire when checking sinus issues. A nasal rinse, available world wide called neilmed may help clear up the issues. ...Read more

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What symptoms can a deviated septum cause? Could my deviated septum be the reason behind my allergies, breathing trouble, congestion and sleep apnea?

What symptoms can a deviated septum cause? Could my deviated septum be the reason behind my allergies, breathing trouble, congestion and sleep apnea?

Deviated septum mayb: Deviated nasal septum may be causing, breathing problem, congestion and sleep apnea, it all depends upon how much deviated septum you have and how much obstruction it is causing. Better you consult E.N.T.specialist and get it corrected. ...Read more

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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?

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

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What will dry up nasal congestion?

What will dry up nasal congestion?

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

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What can I do about nasal congestion?

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

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How can I treat severe nasal congestion?

How can I treat severe nasal congestion?

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

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What could cause nasal congestion at night?

What could cause nasal congestion at night?

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

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Nasal congestion that won't stop? What can I do?

Nasal congestion that won't stop? What can I do?

Nasal congestion: There are so many causes of nasal congestion, you need to be examined by allergy /ent specialist to investigate and treat the cause of nasal congestion. ...Read more

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What's the best OTC medicine for nasal congestion?

What's the best OTC medicine for nasal congestion?

Short term: Short term, a decongestant such as sudafed or afrin nasal spray will cause decongestion but caution for long term use as it will quit working. ...Read more

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What to do if you have nasal congestion? What's good otc?

What to do if you have nasal congestion? What's good otc?

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

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I'm curious as to what can I take to cure my nasal congestion?

Saline spray: Twice daily may help nicely!
almost no down side!
other decongestants, like neosynephrine (phenylephrine) or afrin work but may have rebound or side effects.
If allergies, treat the allergies. If a cold, it will, run the course as usual. ...Read more

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I have a nasal congestion. What should I do to solve that problem?

I have a nasal congestion. What should I do to solve that problem?

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

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My husband has a horrible nasal congestion. What could be the cause?

My husband has a horrible nasal congestion. What could be the cause?

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

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I have nasal congestion and a temp of 100.1° is it ok for me to go to work?

Depends: On your other symptoms and energy level, what type of work you do, how strenuous, are you around lots of people that could get sick from you especially elderly, sick, or children, and if you are being treated. ...Read more

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Nasal congestion / nose blocked. Possible causes?

Nasal congestion / nose blocked. Possible causes?

Nose: Many things. Could be the onset of a cold, allergies, a deviated septum or nasal polyps. See an ENT to figure out the cause. ...Read more

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Could I give my toddler medicine for nasal congestion?

Nasal congestion?: No,
first find out what is causing nasal congestion it could be sign of infection, allergies and foreign body in the nose, adenoids and many other causes. ...Read more

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What is the best way to clear toddler nasal congestion?

What is the best way to clear toddler nasal congestion?

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

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How can I get rid of nasal congestion?

Food allergies: Try looking into the idea that certain foods may be irritating yo your system, causing you to react with the chronic drip. ...Read more

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Why does trazodone cause nasal congestion?

Why does trazodone cause nasal congestion?

Trazodone: Anticholinergic effect which causes dryness, constipation, nasal congestion, dry mouth, etc. ...Read more

Dr. Patrick Melder
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Apnea (Definition)

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


Dr. Carlo Hatem
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Sleep Apnea (Definition)

A condition in which you stop breathing during sleep. There are 2 main types. Obstructive the most common. Central the less common. When people speak about sleep apnea they usually refer to obstructive where you cannot breathe due to ...Read more