Snoring and Respiratory Problems
Snoring can be one of the most frustrating of symptoms, particularly if you are the one lying awake listening to it. The causes of snoring are many: breathing and respiratory complaints, nose configuration, allergies, sleeping positions, late night food or alcohol, stress and tension. The objective for both the “snorer” and “non-snorer” is a deeper and more restful sleep, which allows the body to rejuvenate. Some of the respiratory and sinus are contribute a snoring, and as well deepening the level of sleep. Respiratory problems can be as simple as a minor cold or as life-threatening as a heart attack. Most respiratory problems are allergies, sore throats, colds, sinusitis, and tonsillitis. Respiration is a process which air enters to the body, through the mouth, nose, trachea, lungs, and diaphragm. Oxygen enters the respiratory system through the mouth and the nose.
A sinus is a hollow space within the bones of the face. The sinuses are lined by a delicate membrane. The membrane is called mucous. There are four pairs of sinuses. Sphenoid, Frontal, Ethmoid, Maxillary. The function of the sinuses is to humidify and warm the air, add to the sense of smell and to play a significant role in the quality of human sound. It is well known that during acute sinusitis, rhinitis and the common cold, the quality of our voice changes and the senses of smell and taste are reduced.
Rhinitis is an inflammation of the mucous! (delicate lining of the inner body surfaces) of nasal passages. It is caused by allergies and is characterized by an itchy, runny nose, sneezing, and nasal congestion.
Sinusitis is an inflammation of the mucous membranes lining the sinuses, which are located around the nasal passages. Usual symptoms include increased nasal secretions and pain or headache around the sinuses.
What are the symptoms related to sinusitis and blockage of the ostium (openings of the sinuses)?
The following are symptoms of acute and chronic sinusitis, which occur when the sinuses are inflamed and ostium are blocked:
- Nasal congestion
- Runny or stuffy nose
- White, yellow, or green discharge
- Pain in the upper jaw or teeth
- Loss of sense of smell or taste
- Night time cough
- Persistent fatigue
- Uncommon, but serious infections like meningitis, brain abscess and ear infections
What are the causes of rhinitis and sinusitis?
- Cold viruses
- Nasal polyps and deviated nasal septum
- Dust or environmental pollutants
- Gerd or moderate to severe acid reflux
- Grass and smog.
How do I differentiate between rhinitis and sinusitis?
Due to overlapping symptoms, it may be difficult to differentiate between the two. Usually, symptoms of rhinitis include stuffy, runny or drippy nose, scratchy throat, and dry cough. However, symptoms of sinusitis are more severe than the symptoms of rhinitis. These symptoms have also been previously described.
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