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Sleep Apnea Nasal Congestion
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
Both: Both are serious conditions, manageable with treatment, and serious if neglected. The severity varies in every particular case, the classification is not intended to determine which one is milder, they just have different ways to treat them. In general, treatment compliance is an important factor that affects treatment outcomes of both. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Any natural decongestants? Sudafed causes insomnia. Flonase seems ineffective. Congestion affects sleep.
Yes: In a word - yes. OSA can be devastating and destructive. The repercussions of inadequate oxygen supply to the brain as well as insufficient uninterrupted sleep to allow REM level sleep are numerous. See a specialist, get a sleep test (if you haven't) and get help now. This is a life altering and can be a life threatening condition. Good Luck. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Sleep apnea: Fatigue, snoring, daytime sleepiness, stop breathing for a few seconds while sleeping- are a few symptoms of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea, is frequently associated with increase level of hemoglobin and htn. Sleep study is indicated. CPAP will be the treatment of sleep apnea. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
31yr male -sleep internal tremors, sleep apnea.wake up gasping for air, GERD for 1yr, high bp, sinusitis,awake muscle fatigue. What's causing tremors?
Usually not: Nasal obstruction can worsen sleep apnea but in most cases it is not the cause. Sometimes nasal obstruction is not really nasal , but due to throat obstruction, too. Nasal obstruction should be treated as even in absence of sleep apnea it affects sleep quality and daytime function. For some patients, treatment of nasal obstruction can aid in the treatment of sleep apnea. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Obstructive sleep apnea is caused by upper airway collapse or flaccidity. It can also be due to enlarged tonsils and adenoids. Autistic patients can suffer from osa, but osa has not be found to cause autism, although children with autism can have worsened autistic symptoms from untreated osa. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Good Question!: No, not always. However, those who snore loudly should be screened for sleep apnea with a detailed history and possibly a sleep study. Those who snore without sleep apnea do report that their sleep is better after treatment because their bed partner no longer has to kick, punch, pinch, etc while they are sleeping and everyone is happier after treatment :). ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
I am experiencing nasal congestion, nasal drainage, runny nose, sneezing, post nasal drip and sinus pain.
Common cold: The common cold virus can cause all your symptoms; care is purely supportive in nature. Antibiotics can't cure a viral infection. If your symptoms persist for more than 10 days or progressively worsen, there may be a role for antibiotic treatment of a sinus infection. Please see a doctor if you're concerned. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not directly...: Untreated sleep apnea can have many complications but it does not directly cause COPD. The obstruction that is talked about in sleep apnea is more of a mechanical obstruction of the upper airways related to redundant soft tissue. The airway obstruction in COPD is related to disease of the airways caused typically from smoking. Hope this helps!!!! ...Read more
2.5y/o with noisy breathing, snoring, short pauses in breathing during sleep. Tonsillar hypertrophy= 2-3+. Does this indicate tonsillectomy?
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
What causes my dry mouth sometimes when asleep even when there is no nasal congestion during the day? I do not have sleep apnea.
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 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)?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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 ?
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
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