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
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
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
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.