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What is the difference between breathing loudly and snoring?

What is the difference between breathing loudly and snoring?

Ask your partner: There may be no difference to your bed partner if it is keeping them up! snoring is usually caused by the palate and uvula vibrating in the back of your throat. Noisy breathing could be related to nasal issues like allergies, a deviated septum or enlarged turbinates. ...Read more

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Breathing (Definition)

Breathing is the way we take in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide (co2) through out lungs. When our lungs expand we take fresh air in that contains oxygen and then when our lungs ...Read more


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What's the difference between breathing and snoring?

What's the difference between breathing and snoring?

Snoring: Breathing is essential to life. Snoring is the result of tissues vibrating during obstructive attempts at breathing. ...Read more

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My daughter has trouble breathing also snores loud.What causes this?

My daughter has trouble breathing also snores loud.What causes this?

Soft palate: Snoring is usually vibration of the soft palate. Trouble breathing could be due to obstruction at the soft palate, the base of the tongue, lower down in the trachea, higher up at the back of the nasal airway, due to growths, enlarged tonsils and adenoids or even due to lack of stimulation to breathe from the brain ( central obstruction). See a sleep specialist for proper evaluation. ...Read more

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My daughter has trouble breathing and snores loud.What causes this?

Loud snoring: It could be allergies, or enlarged tonsils and adenoids, but something is obviously interfering with her airway. Without any other history my best recommendation would be to have her checked by her pediatrician and perhaps and ENT physician. ...Read more

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Is it normal for my almost 3 year old to snore loud and sometimes stop breathing for a few secs. Does not have cold and we have a humidifier running?

Is it normal for my almost 3 year old to snore loud and sometimes stop breathing for a few secs. Does not have cold and we have a humidifier running?

Uncommon & progresiv: If a kid is snoring at 3 it is likely to progress to a point where it causes sleep apnea even if it is not present now. T&a mass grows faster than the kid until ~8y. If your kid is grumpy, dozes a lot during the day & the pauses you mention last >10 sec, you have a problem now. Record the snoring pattern & seek out a consultation with an ent. The humidifier is unlikely to help. ...Read more

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What are normal breathing sounds for 92 yo? All night long has gasps, lapses, loud breaths, not typical snoring. Never noisy before. Sleep apnea?

What are normal breathing sounds for 92 yo? All night long has gasps, lapses, loud breaths, not typical snoring. Never noisy before. Sleep apnea?

Could be sleep apnea: But you need to see a doctor. The internet is a great place to answer some questions like "what is "sleep apnea?" or "what is cheyne-stokes breathing?" the internet not a good place to get a diagnosis. That requires obtaining a complete history, a hands-on physical exam, maybe a sleep study or echocardiogram, etc., use the internet to get the questions to bring to your doctor, not the answers. ...Read more

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I was told i snore loud when i sleep but my husband recently told me that when i sleep i stop breathing and it scares him.. What are some health issues that is caused by this? I have shortness of breath, i'm 5'4, 330lbs, and this is another issue, emotion

I was told i snore loud when i sleep but my husband recently told me that when i sleep i stop breathing and it scares him.. What are some health issues that is caused by this? I have shortness of breath, i'm 5'4, 330lbs, and this is another issue, emotion

Get it checked out!: Seek medical help to determine to cause of your snoring. Typically a collapse airway is involved and today, a simple overnight take home sleep test can provide all the information needed to determine if a potentially life threatening, life shortening condition of obstructive sleep apnea may be at play. Do it, it may save your life! ...Read more

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Pls help, elderly gran 90yr old,develped loud snoring like breathing while awake,took drs said tongue frm bak of throat causing issue-pls help thx?

Pls help, elderly gran 90yr old,develped loud snoring like breathing while awake,took drs said tongue frm bak of throat causing issue-pls help thx?

Airway...: It sounds like there is a partial upper airway obstruction. Are there any other symptoms, like fever, nasal congestion, etc.? Depending on the cause, treatment may include placing an airway (like a tracheostomy tube). But, it also depends on how aggressive your elderly relative would want since procedures would also pose high risks of morbidity/mortality. Good luck! ...Read more

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How do you treat someone who has trouble breathing and snores loudly?

How do you treat someone who has trouble breathing and snores loudly?

Sleep apnea: These are common symptoms of sleep apnea. A sleep study is needed for diagnosis. A CPAP machine is commonly prescribed to improve breathing during sleep. ...Read more

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My 9 month child has a snoring noise while breathing. What could be the reason?

Adenoids: I am assuming you mean while your child is awake. The most common reason for this would be enlarged adenoids and/or nasal congestion. It would be worthwhile to have your pediatrician take a look or be seen by an ENT that treats children to ensure there isnt something more concerning. ...Read more

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Wife said i had the symptoms of apnea. Heavy snoring and sometimes no breathing. What do I do?

Wife said i had the symptoms of apnea. Heavy snoring and sometimes no breathing. What do I do?

Get investigated ...: OSA is a condition of intermittent upper airway collapse during sleep causing disordered breathing, disturbed sleep and daytime sleepiness. Symptoms include, impaired concentration and depression. OSA can cause Hypertension. Untreated, it increases risk of Heart Attack, Stroke and Motor Vehicle Accident. Diagnosis is confirmed by Sleep Specialist and Sleep Study. Treatment is with CPAP machine. ...Read more

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Difficulty breathing through nose related to snoring?

Difficulty breathing through nose related to snoring?

Yes: The airway ideally includes nasal breathing. When air goes through the nose and then behind the throat and into the lungs there is usually less obstruction. When your nose is blocked and you mouth breath there is more obstruction. ...Read more

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My 4yo is 2yrs post t&a surgeries and snores at nite. Her snores sound like she is breathing through water. What could be obstructing now?

My 4yo is 2yrs post t&a surgeries and snores at nite. Her snores sound like she is breathing through water. What could be obstructing now?

? Allergies: Dr labarbera 's answer is solid. But another possibility for nighttime snoring are nasal allergies. Ask your pediatrician regarding that possibility. ...Read more

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Somtime i have shallow breathing lasting for 2 or 3 days, not always, but once in a month or 2 months.. i dont snore during night. no stress..

Somtime i have shallow breathing lasting for 2 or 3 days, not always, but once in a month or 2 months.. i dont snore during night. no stress..

Diary: there may be a pattern of exposure that would be noticed perhaps if you keep a diary of when this happens, what you were doing, eating, exposed to, etc ...Read more

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My daughter snores all thru out the day, and lately it seems to be happening during thecwake hours and I am very concerned for her breathing. ?

My daughter snores all thru out the day, and lately  it seems to be happening during thecwake hours and I am very concerned for her breathing.  ?

Maybe obstruction?: Snoring is definitely a common problem. Some people who snore also have sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is when you stopped breathing during sleep. This is usually due to something preventing you from breathing. For children many times this is the large structure of the tonsils or adenoids. For adults this could be from weight, age, smoking or structural defects. A sleep specialist can help. ...Read more

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Is a snoring toddler always a warning sign? Or is it sometimes benign? He only snores 50% of the time& i haven't noticed any pauses in breathing.

Is a snoring toddler always a warning sign? Or is it sometimes benign? He only snores 50% of the time& i haven't noticed any pauses in breathing.

Depends on situation: We are finding that any kid who snores a lot in sleep prior to age 4-5 will likely develop sleep apnea if it is not present already.Evaluation by an ENT is indicated. ...Read more

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