Allergic rhinitis is characterized by sneezing, and runny nose and itching, and may experience symptoms of sleep apnea.
Because sleep apnea causes a lot of health problems, such as a heart attack or stroke, it is very important that the diagnosis be correct.
After finding a link between allergic rhinitis and sleep apnea, it should be noted that it is necessary to conduct an examination and treatment of allergic rhinitis.
How does sleep apnea occur in patients with allergic rhinitis?
In general, people with allergic complaints also experience frustration in their sleep. The logic is this: Allergens can cause nasal congestion in people with allergies. Nasal obstruction can cause dry mouth or constriction of the airways. This is manifested in the growth of adenoid in children, and the narrowing in the upper respiratory tract in adults. Depending on all this, you can also observe night snoring and stopping breathing “apnea.” The general form of obstructive sleep apnea, respiratory arrest at night (OSA) disturbs the structure of sleep. If ongoing allergic reactions prevent your sleep, you should be alert to allergies and sleep deprivation (sleep apnea syndrome).
Sleep apnea can occur for many reasons. Allergic complaints in sleep apnea, caused by allergic rhinitis, can cause complaints of itching in the eyes with sneezing and nasal irritation. In addition, with allergic asthma develops a gasping cough, wheezing. In addition, the most important symptom observed in sleep apnea is the stopping of breathing in sleep.
Other symptoms of sleep apnea:
Restlessness during sleep, snoring, frequent urination, sweating, dry mouth, reflux (heartburn).
How is diagnosed sleep apnea associated with allergic rhinitis?
The sleep apnea test is necessary for the diagnosis of sleep apnea. The sleep apnea test is performed using a tool called polysomnography.
To detect allergens that cause allergic reactions, allergy testing by allergy doctors is required. The most commonly used tests for the diagnosis of allergy are skin prick tests. Tests for allergology made with blood can also be used to diagnose allergies.
How is the treatment of sleep apnea which associated with allergic rhinitis?
It is necessary to eliminate the first causes of sleep apnea treatment. If it develops due to anatomical strictures in the upper respiratory tract, it should be evaluated by an expert in otolaryngology in terms of surgical intervention.
For the treatment of sleep apnea, progressive airway pressure therapy (CPAP) should be used. Without monitoring for allergic complaints, CPAP treatment reduces the chances of success. It is recommended to treat CPAP with a mask that covers the whole face, especially in sleep apnea with allergic rhinitis.
To determine the allergens that cause allergies in the development of sleep apnea associated with allergies and, therefore, the proper treatment of allergic rhinitis and asthma should be realized by allergy specialists.
As a result
Allergic rhinitis is the most common cause of asthma, but it can also lead to sleep disorders.
Sleep apnea due to nasal obstruction caused by allergic rhinitis, manifests as snoring and dyspnoea in a dream
Polysomnography is used to diagnose sleep apnea. Testing the allergy should also be done to show that it is allergic.
Complete success can not be achieved in the treatment of sleep apnea without treatment of allergic rhinitis.
Vaccination of allergies is extremely important as a result of tests conducted by allergy specialists for the treatment of allergic rhinitis.