Snoring and Nasal Deformities
Among the reasons why snoring can begin to take over the night is because of nasal deformities. Nasal deformities can impair the proper function of breathing, which in turn, causes the snoring sounds you hear. Among the deformities you may face that could impact this could be enlarged tonsils or adenoids, both of which are more common in children, but can occur in adults. Other deformities could be a narrow throat, deviated septum, and nasal polyps.
What do each of these deformities do to your body to cause snoring and what can you do to prevent them?
Enlarged Tonsils or Adenoids
Your tonsils and adenoids are made of tissue that can be likened to lymph nodes or glands. When these tissues are enlarged or swollen, they obstruct the airflow through your airway. Having a blockage in the airway is what creates the snoring sound and the more air being pushed through a smaller airway, the louder the noise will be.
There are two forms of tonsillitis that can impact your body: acute tonsillitis and chronic tonsillitis. Acute tonsillitis is just an infection of the tonsils that is caused by a virus or bacteria. Chronic tonsillitis is an infection that doesn’t go away. This infection can lead to your tonsils forming a growth which could further inhibit your breathing and block the airway.
The point of the tonsils is to fight the infections that it detects within your body. They then prevent the infection from spreading further into the lungs. The reason why they swell is that they are fighting infection, but even after the infection is gone, your tonsils will remain the same size. This leads to the airway being narrowed and snoring to begin or become louder.
When you hear polyps, most people immediately think of the little things that are found in your intestines during a colonoscopy. Nasal polyps are growths that develop in the mucous membrane of your nasal passage. This is something that is commonly found in those that have asthma and rhinitis. This could be a coincidence, as there is no scientific proof that one has to do with the other.
Asthma occurs when your airways are permanently narrowed which causes you to have shortage of breathe which can be exasperated by strenuous activities. Rhinitis is the condition where your mucous membranes are enflamed and swollen. You won’t know you have these conditions for some time, as they may take months, or in some cases, even years to fully develop.
When you have a deviated septum, you have a displacement of the central wall in your nose that separates your two nostrils. There is bone and cartilage that can be hurt by trauma to the face (i.e. football or baseball to nose, punch in nose, or even during birth).
There are also genetic causes that can cause this to occur. Marfan Syndrome is a connective tissue disorder that causes a deviated septum. This is passed through your family genes at birth.
There are many symptoms that can tell you that you have a deviated septum:
- Facial pain
- Difficult breathing
- Sleep apnea
- Frequent sinus infections
- Frequent sneezing
What should you do if you think you have these problems?
If at any point you think you have any of the nasal deformities mentioned above, you should seek medical attention. One thing you should also be sure to do is if you suffer any facial trauma. If you get hit in the face with a baseball, instead of just putting ice on your nose and cleaning the blood off, you should visit a doctor and have them check you out.
A CT scan can be used by your doctor to detect if there are any obstructions to your nasal passage. They may find that your nose is solely snoring, which can be fix by a surgical procedure.
Surgery is One of The Solutions
When there is an obstruction that is permanent and severe that is blocking your airway, you may choose to have surgery to remove your tonsils and adenoids. This surgery is most common for children, while it is still possible for adults to have them removed.
If you have nasal polyps, the way you would go about removing them would be with an endoscopy procedure. This procedure consists of your doctor putting a tube with a camera and light at the end down your throat. They will see the polyps and remove them. Another method of treating nasal polyps is by using nasal spray that has corticosteroid, which is an active ingredient that shrinks the polyps.
To fix a deviated septum, you will need to have a minor surgery. During the procedure, your doctor removes the matter that is obtruding your ability to breathe. The recovery time is fast and there are no cosmetic procedures that need to be done afterwards.
Easier Ways to Fight Snoring
Getting a humidifyer. Often it is the air in the room that can have a major impact on your snoring. One thing in particular is getting a humidifier which is meant to keep the moisture in the room at an acceptable level. This in turn can help you breathe easier.
Sleeping on your side or stomach. When you sleep on your back, your tongue can slip back in your mouth and block your airway, so one of the solutions is getting a special anti snore pillow attached to your back preventing you from turning and sleeping on your back.
Avoiding alcohol. You should also avoid consuming any alcohol immediately before going to bed as it tends to aggravate snoring.
Using nasal dilators. Many studies as well as many snorers have concluded that using nasal dilators such as anti-snore nasal clip at night can improve both nocturnal breathing and the quality of sleep for those who are affected by nasal deformities.