Allergic Reactions Exacerbate Snoring Problems

By Jomvie Reyes - PTRP, RN, MN

Allergic Reactions and SnoringDo you have nasal congestion whenever you’re your allergy attacks? Do you have snoring problems whenever your allergy is triggered? If yes, then the hypersensitivity is a contributing factor to your sleepless nights. Allergic rhinitis in particular, is one of the allergic reactions that exacerbate snoring problems.
About 10-25% of the population is affected with a certain type of allergy, in one form or another. Allergic conditions may affect one’s activities of daily living, mood and quality of life, and sleeping pattern. Due to the nasal congestion associated with allergic rhinitis, ineffective airway clearance may result. This may result to sleep disturbances particularly snoring.

A Stuffy Nose Worsens Snoring

Both nasal congestion and rhinitis are common allergic reactions associated with sleep disturbances, especially when sleeping on the back and during early morning hours. A questionnaire study with over 5000 respondents also noted that nasal congestion related to allergic rhinitis has been the leading causative factor for breathing sleep disorders and snoring.
Hyperactivity or hypersensitivity results to respiratory allergy which is characterized by swelling of the lining of the nose and throat which hampers an effective airway clearance. This would result to narrowing of the airway and could greatly affect the quality of sleep and of life as a whole.
Tobacco smoke, indoor plants and flowers, feather beddings and pillows, dust particles, pet hair, some household cleaners and paint odors, and perfumes are examples of allergens. Allergens are substances and particles that may trigger an allergic reaction.
Allergic rhinitis and respiratory allergies are related to more frequent and louder snoring. There are also some observations of allergic reactions being correlated to sleep apnea.

Treating the Allergic Reaction could Minimize Snoring

There are a lot of choices in terms of treatment of allergic rhinitis and respiratory allergy. But still, the best treatment is to avoid the allergens responsible for triggering the attack. Identify your allergens and prevent any attacks from occurring.
The usual medications used for treating snoring caused by allergic rhinitis or respiratory allergies are nasal steroid spray or antihistamines; or a combination of both.

With the allergic attacks kept at bay, snoring and sleeping disorders can be minimized or completely avoided ensuring a good quality of sleep.

Last Updated: December 2, 2013


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