A Study in Snoring

Its more problematic in children

Snoring is very common and can be more dangerous than you may think. Sleep Apnoeas and enlarged adenoids or tonsils are common problems associated with snoring. Some people naturally grow out of snoring, however this happens to a minority of the population. Roughly 25%-30% of people stop snoring without any medical assistance.

Pediatric snoring (snoring in children) can have negative neurocognitive effects. This means that your child can experience complications with memory, IQ testing and performance in math’s and vocabulary based subjects. Pediatric snoring has also been linked to certain behavioral traits, including inattention, hyperactivity and even anxiety or depression.

Snoring in children is often associated to enlarged adenoids and tonsils. These organs swell to block the throat and can create difficulty breathing, even leading to sleep apnoeas, which are pauses in breathing.

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How a blocked airway can cause snoring.

Effective solutions?

  • Topical nasal steroids have shown good results and can be prescribed
  • Adenotonsillectomy is the surgical option, which is a surgery with a high success rate targeted at removing obstructive adenoids and/or tonsils.
  • Another solution to snoring and sleep apnoea is CPAP, which stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. This is a mask designed to wear when asleep, it blows a continuous pressure of air into the wearers breathing passages to stop these passages from collapsing and cause snoring.
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A CPAP machine in use.

What are Nasal Polyps?

Another short list of quick medical facts, this time on Nasal Polyps! We talk about what they are, where they’re found and how they come to affect you.

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  1. They are common growths, which are often non-cancerous, they vary in size and more often than not it’s the larger polyp that causes problems.
  2. Nasal polyps are often found in between the nasal cavity and the sinus. While there are some medications designed to shrink polyps, larger ones may require surgical removal.
  3. Symptoms can include: a stuffed nose, itching around the eyes, sneezing, postnasal drip, face pain, infection and diminished sense of smell and taste.
  4. They are different from adenoids and tonsils, although similarly they are extra tissues, polyps can develop and fill with inflammatory cells.
  5. They’re commonly seen in asthmatics; polyps interfere with your sense of smell and are frequently found in people with allergies to aspirin and any non-steroidal anti-inflammatory.

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Keep tuned for more E.N.T blog posts coming in the future. And remember this blog is not a substitute for medical care.

About Adenoids…

 

Do you have a problem snoring, or recurring sinusitis? Then you may be experiencing some difficulties with adenoids. Adenoids are glands that can be found at the roof of the mouth. Infection can lead to the enlargement of these glands, which can lead to breathing difficulties and ear infection in the future.

 

 

Here are some facts concerning adenoids:

  1. We all born with them, they shrink in adolescence and on occasion can even disappear completely by adulthood.
  2. They are lymph nodes in the junction between the nose and throat. In fact they are like a third tonsil, and doctors sometimes remove adenoids and tonsils together depending on the infection.
  3. You only need to remove them if they cause disease! Many times adenoids cause no issues. However, should infection arise the procedure to take them out has a very high success rate.
  4. X-rays can give you an idea of their size. Although x-rays are not 100 percent accurate, they help doctors judge whether problems may arise in the future due to size.
  5. Adenoids cause disease by blocking the airways (often leading to breathing difficulties in children). They also clog the Eustachian tubes that link your middle ear to your nose, which causes ear infection and can affect hearing in children.

 

(Disclaimer – This blog is not a substitute for medical care)