Allergy season is a busy time at The Snoring Center. Allergies in and of themselves don’t typically cause snoring, but the effects of allergies on the body, especially in creating blockages of the airway, can lead to, or exacerbate snoring. But what are the types of allergies that cause snoring?
Allergic rhinitis is more commonly known as hay fever. It affects 40-60 million Americans, can often be recognized by excessive sneezing, a runny nose or itchiness in the eyes, mouth and skin. It occurs when the body’s immune system becomes sensitized and overreacts to something in the environment. So, when plants germinate in the spring, and the air becomes full of pollen and spores, allergic rhinitis kicks in. Indoor allergens such as dust mites, pet hair, dander or mold can also cause hay fever, as can irritants like cigarette smoke, perfume or exhaust.
Allergic rhinitis can be seasonal although some people suffer from these symptoms year-round. The resulting stuffy nose is due to blockage or congestion and sufferers often complain of fatigue, due to blockage or congestion. Guess what, that blockage is likely causing snoring.
One of The Snoring Center’s common treatments designed to combat the effects of allergies on snoring is Turbinate Coblation. This quick, painless office-based procedure can provide years of effective relief from nasal congestion, pressure, and drainage. Turbinates are found inside the nose and when swollen, they can cause pressure, congestion and difficulty breathing. Coblation turbinate reduction shrinks the turbinates providing years of relief from nasal allergy symptoms. The procedure begins by first numbing the nose. Next, a coblation wand is inserted into the turbinate and it emits radio frequency to shrink the turbinates. The result is a reduction in nasal obstruction and improved breathing.
As with most of our procedures, the procedure can be completed in minutes. In many cases, our trained physicians can determine if a patient is a candidate for turbinate coblation and then perform the procedure during the same office visit. The procedure itself can be completed in less than twenty minutes and the patient can return to normal activities immediately.
For non-allergy related snoring issues, The Snoring Center’s Board Certified physicians utilize a series of other minimally invasive, office-based procedures. Our list of treatment options include:
- Pillar Procedure
- Turbinate Coblation
- Palate Coblation
- Laser Tonsillectomy
- Home Sleep Study
- Oral Appliances
Regardless of the cause of your snoring, there is no need to suffer its ill effects. The Snoring Center can treat and, more importantly eliminate, your snoring problems as early as tomorrow. Just think. Tomorrow night you could be enjoying refreshing, uninterrupted sleep. Schedule a consultation at The Snoring Center.