types of snoring, even those which are caused by sleep apnea, are
to problems in the mouth, nose, or throat that restrict a person's
breathing while sleeping. The general conception was that
snoring emanates mainly from the throat was being caused by problems in
the mouth or throat that caused restrictions in breathing.
most experts know agree that this may
not necessarily be the case.
The reason for this is that human's are meant to breathe through our
noses while we sleep. Our bodies are simply designed this way, as the
hairs inside our nostrils are meant to filter the air coming into our
contrast, our mouths have no effective means to filter air,
which is why our bodies are designed to breathe through our noses
during sleep. Nonetheless, when there are problems that cause our nasal
passages to be restricted, we will revert to mouth breathing which
usually leads to excessive snoring.
There are many different reasons for
our nasal passages to become
constricted during sleep, some of which, like a stuffy nose due to
illness or allergies, are only temporary and can simply be treated with
there are other,
more serious problems that can also
lead to restricted nasal passages, and nasal polyps are one of the more
When a person has constricted
nasal passages, it takes
more force to
breathe in properly, and this extra exertion of force typically causes
one or both nostrils to collapse in on themselves, making it nearly
impossible to breathe through the nose.
this happens, there can be
two different results, although both things usually result in snoring.
Either the person will just start breathing through their mouth or they
will continue to try and force air through their nasal passages,
causing them to vibrate.
These vibrations of the
nose or throat are what actually cause the sounds we hear when a person
snores, and therefore constricted nasal passages, whether caused by
polyps, allergies, etc., almost
always result in increased snoring.
are basically small
growths of the mucosa tissue that lines the inside
of our nasal passages and sinuses. These growths appear as small sacs
in x-rays, and are generally considered to be harmless. However, they
do tend to lead to constricted nasal passages as they can restrict the
amount of air that can pass through the passages at any one time.
Polyps are very soft, so often people with smaller polyps will not even
notice that they have them. Still, larger polyps can sometimes be felt
inside the nose, and it is these larger polyps that are usually
responsible for blocking the nostrils or sinuses.
Causes Polyps to Form?
are many different things that can actually cause polyps to form inside
the nose, but most often they develop in people who suffer from
inflammation of the nostrils and sinuses due to chronic
Smokers are also
more likely to
develop polyps, as smoking also leads to inflammation. There doesn't
seem to be much evidence to show why some polyps develop
larger than others, but typically it seems that the more often the
inflammations occur and the worse they are, the more
likely it is a
person will develop larger polyps that constrict their nasal passages
That You May Have Polyps
you constantly suffer from inflammation of the nasal passages, the odds
are fairly good that you may end up developing polyps. Still, there are
some signs to watch out for that will help you to determine whether or
not you indeed have them.
One of the most common symptoms is when people complain about having
symptoms that last for months and months. If you
have a runny or stuffy nose that makes it nearly impossible to breathe
through your nose, it may actually be polyps that are causing the
other thing to watch out for is partial
or total loss of
your sense of smell, as this is one of the main signs that
polyps. These growths can also cause loss of your sense of taste as
well, but this problem is much less common.
and Treating Nasal Polyps
you have any of the above symptoms that last for weeks or months, you
may want to make an appointment with your doctor to determine if you
have polyps. The first step towards diagnosing this condition is to
take a CT
scan, where the polyps will show up as small, opaque growths
inside the nasal cavity.
If the CT scan shows you
do have polyps, then your doctor will then see
how much of a problem they are causing for your breathing. If the
polyps are large, then surgery
may be necessary to remove them.
surgery is usually considered quite safe and effective. However, in
many cases the polyps will begin
to grow back within a few years,
making additional surgeries necessary.
If the doctor decides the
polyps aren't serious enough to warrant
surgery, then they will most likely prescribe medication, such as
steroids to help control the inflammation. Additionally,
also are now turning towards different anti-snoring devices
dilators, which will not fix the problem, but will still
the person to breathe more freely through their nostrils while
the problem isn't serious, then the recommended method is
to simply try to reduce
the constriction as much as possible to make
sure the person's sleep doesn't suffer as a result of their polyps.
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