Your bed partner is frustrated, tired of spending night after night bed hopping from one room to another in search of a quiet sleep. Your snoring has been likened to a gathering of drunken trumpeters. The snoring is noisy, loud and totally out of tune.
Allergic Rhinitis and night-time snoring often go together
One of the most common causes of snoring is an allergic reaction. A case in point is allergic rhinitis. Typically, the membranes of the nose and throat become inflamed when a person suffers from allergic rhinitis.
The condition happens when an inhaled substance causes an allergic reaction. Seasonal allergic rhinitis is typically caused by a variety of tree, grass and plant pollens. We inhale these substances in the spring and summer when pollen counts are at their highest.
Perennial allergic rhinitis occurs throughout the year and stems from an allergic reaction to many substances, from mold spores and animal fur to house dust. Some of the common symptoms associated with allergic rhinitis are sneezing, nose congestion, with redness and irritation in the eyes as well as the nose.
Complaints of headaches among sufferers are common. Another symptom which doesn’t get enough airplay but is of equal importance is snoring.
Rhinitis left untreated can even cause Obstructive Sleep Apnea
When the membranes of the nose and throat become irritated as they do when a person suffers an attack of allergic rhinitis the results in the narrowing of air passages as delicate tissues swell.
As the airways become obstructed and narrowed the inflamed tissues vibrate violently and snoring occurs. The air passage can become so swollen sometimes that some people can even stop breathing momentarily when asleep.
The cessation of breathing is called apnea and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can be a consequence of allergies for some people. If you suspect this is happening for you make sure to see a physician as OSA is linked with other more serious health issues such as heart attack and stroke.
Diagnosing and treating allergies
If you believe allergic rhinitis is causing your disposition to snoring then a skin prick allergy test by your physician can potentially identify the specific allergen in question. Some allergens are more difficult to deal with than others.
Pollen is an allergen that is difficult to avoid due to its sheer abundance, so taking an anti-allergy medication may be required. Nasal sprays that contain active ingredients to block allergens are one of your choices but long term use is not recommended by physicians.
Corticosteroid drugs are often prescribed for hay fever sufferers although relief is not always immediate.
Oral antihistamines coupled with decongestants can help reduce inflammation and itchiness. When allergic rhinitis becomes a persistent problem and over the counter medications are unable to help your doctor may suggest immunotherapy.
Patients are subjected to a series of injections, each one an increasing dose of that allergen until the body accepts the substance without adverse reaction. Despite its successes this therapy can take many years to show effective results.
A much simpler solution for avoiding allergens is to eliminate the causes. Avoid contact with fur bearing animals that carry allergens. Use bedding and pillows with synthetic fabric rather than feathers or down.
Ensure that your mattress is covered with a dust mite proof membrane. Dust and clean regularly throughout your house. Avoid areas with long grass or freshly cut lawns. Install an air filter in your home and vehicle.
By being proactive and responding constructively to these environmental factors you will decrease if not eliminate your habit of snoring.