The cause of snor­ing can be var­i­ous patho­log­i­cal process­es in the nose and nasophar­ynx, so it is unlike­ly that you will be able to get rid of snor­ing on your own. Snor­ing is a direct indi­ca­tion to con­sult an otorhi­no­laryn­gol­o­gist. If the cause of snor­ing is the cur­va­ture of the nasal sep­tum, it is cor­rect­ed by spe­cial oper­a­tions. If in the growth of pala­tine ton­sils, then antibi­otics are pre­scribed, and in some cas­es, sur­gi­cal treat­ment. But, one way or anoth­er, a doc­tor should deal with the prob­lem of snor­ing, since in some cas­es it can be unsafe for the body.

Many men are famous for their excel­lent abil­i­ty to snore in their sleep. And some­times women are not far behind them. More­over, chil­dren and even pets can also snore. In some fam­i­lies, the ques­tion is very acute: it’s nice to sleep in the warmth next to your beloved hus­band, but how can you fall asleep if sonorous roulades are heard right above your ear? Is that to snore before her hus­band! But this does not work every time. How­ev­er, few peo­ple think to see a doc­tor about snor­ing. Usu­al­ly, numer­ous home and folk reme­dies are used, prompt­ed by a TV or a neigh­bor. Mean­while, there are well-defined caus­es of snor­ing, which can be elim­i­nat­ed by restor­ing the blessed silence in the bed­room.

Causes of snoring: deviated septum

Causes of snoring: deviated septum

Noth­ing good snor­ing for health does not promise. But what does he mean? First, let’s look at the types of snor­ing. It hap­pens that a snor­er grunts in a dream, there is a snor­ing with whistling, and there is a growl­ing thun­der­ous snor­ing. The cause of snor­ing, sim­i­lar to grunt­ing, can be a devi­at­ed sep­tum, which can be of trau­mat­ic or hyper­trophic ori­gin. If every­thing is clear with the first, then the sec­ond aris­es due to chron­ic inflam­ma­to­ry process­es in the nose. As a result, a per­son breathes much worse through one nos­tril than the oth­er, and some­times breath­ing through one of the nos­trils is com­plete­ly impos­si­ble. It depends on the degree of cur­va­ture.

A devi­at­ed sep­tum can be diag­nosed by a sim­ple test. It is nec­es­sary to press the wing of the nose with your fin­ger on one side and breathe in the neigh­bor­ing nos­tril. Then repeat the pro­ce­dure on the oth­er side. If the wall of the nose retracts dur­ing inhala­tion, “sticks”, then the sep­tum is curved. In this case, there is poor aer­a­tion, that is, “ven­ti­la­tion”, of the nasal pas­sages and sinus­es, which con­tributes to the devel­op­ment of chron­ic sinusi­tis.

How to deal with such snor­ing? Today, the nasal sep­tum is straight­ened sur­gi­cal­ly. This is done endo­scop­i­cal­ly. An uneven sec­tion of the par­ti­tion is care­ful­ly cut off and then its cor­rect course is restored. The oper­a­tion is per­formed under anes­the­sia, com­plete­ly pain­less and blood­less. After that, nasal breath­ing through both nos­trils becomes pos­si­ble, and snor­ing stops. Thus, with the grunt­ing type, it is best to go to the doc­tor, the treat­ment for snor­ing will most like­ly be sur­gi­cal.

Snoring treatment: obesity, sleep apnea

Snoring treatment: obesity, sleep apnea

Now con­sid­er anoth­er type of snor­ing — whistling snor­ing. The caus­es of snor­ing in this case are over­weight. If such a per­son sleeps on his back, then he peri­od­i­cal­ly expe­ri­ences a ces­sa­tion of breath­ing — the so-called sleep apnea. When a per­son is not over­weight, breath­ing occurs nor­mal­ly. With obe­si­ty, the amount of body fat increas­es not only on the abdomen and thighs, but also in the res­pi­ra­to­ry tract. Because of this, the tongue of the soft palate peri­od­i­cal­ly blocks the path of air, for some sec­onds breath­ing stops.

By itself, such a ces­sa­tion of breath­ing is unsafe, since the sup­ply of oxy­gen decreas­es, and var­i­ous patho­log­i­cal process­es are trig­gered — blood pres­sure ris­es, the for­ma­tion of ath­er­o­scle­rot­ic plaques accel­er­ates. But what caus­es the whis­tle? As a rule, such peo­ple drink lit­tle and sleep with tight­ly closed lips, and air enters through a nar­row gap. This explains the whistling sound.

Anoth­er fea­ture of such snor­ing is its inter­rup­tion at a height — this is the ces­sa­tion of breath­ing. Then the snor­ing resumes. This cause of snor­ing requires seri­ous exam­i­na­tion and treat­ment. In order to avoid seri­ous con­se­quences, it should not be ignored. Treat­ment for wheez­ing snor­ing will pri­mar­i­ly con­sist of weight loss and a healthy lifestyle. The rest of the snor­er will be prompt­ed by the doc­tor to whom you need to con­tact.

Snarling snoring: tonsillitis, tonsils

Snarling snoring: tonsillitis, tonsils

Final­ly, the third type of snor­ing is snor­ing. Here we will talk about inflam­ma­to­ry dis­eases of the nasophar­ynx, name­ly, ton­sil­li­tis, that is, inflam­ma­tion and growth of the ton­sils in the nasophar­ynx. These are not the ton­sils that are pop­u­lar­ly called ton­sils. In the human nasophar­ynx, there is a whole ring of lym­phoid tis­sue, in which sev­er­al ton­sils are iso­lat­ed. The main func­tion of this ring is pro­tec­tive. It pre­vents path­o­gen­ic microbes from enter­ing the res­pi­ra­to­ry tract. The growth or hyper­tro­phy of the ton­sils makes it dif­fi­cult for air to enter the res­pi­ra­to­ry tract, espe­cial­ly in the supine posi­tion. The vibra­tion of the ton­sils and soft palate under the action of the air flow and caus­es a char­ac­ter­is­tic bub­bling or growl­ing sound. One sign of this con­di­tion is exces­sive secre­tion of mucus from one nos­tril and dry crusts in the oth­er.

Most often, a bac­te­r­i­al infec­tious process takes place, so the treat­ment of snor­ing with a growl will be antibi­ot­ic ther­a­py. First, the doc­tor will do a cul­ture of a swab from the nose, see which bac­te­ria have grown and which antibi­otics they are sen­si­tive to, and then pre­scribe the appro­pri­ate pills.

There are also sur­gi­cal treat­ments for snor­ing. This is espe­cial­ly true for chil­dren, because they have this accu­mu­la­tion of lym­phoid tis­sue in the nasophar­ynx called ade­noids. The child may snore due to ade­noids, chron­ic run­ny nose and sinusi­tis. If the ade­noids grow in such a way that they inter­fere with breath­ing in sleep and when awake, if the child is inac­tive, breathes through the mouth, does not study well, often suf­fers from colds and does not get enough sleep at night, then they are removed. There­fore, snor­ing in chil­dren is a clear indi­ca­tion for vis­it­ing an ENT doc­tor.

Thus, snor­ing and its char­ac­ter can tell a lot about a per­son. And if a man or a woman, and even more so a child, snores in a dream, it is nec­es­sary not to delay going to the doc­tor. Snor­ing can and should be elim­i­nat­ed. At the same time, the snor­er will receive a cure for prob­lems, and his fam­i­ly mem­bers will get rid of the “musi­cal” accom­pa­ni­ment at night. In both cas­es, the result will be healthy sleep for the whole fam­i­ly.

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