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Advice From Your Allergist on Rhinitis
What is Rhinitis?
What is Sinusitis?
What is Allergic Rhinitis?
What Causes the Sneezing, Itchy Eyes and Other Symptoms?
No Hay, No Fever - So Why "Hay Fever?"
Is Allergic Rhinitis Ever the Cause of Other Problems?
Are All Cases of Rhinitis Caused By Allergies?
What Are Other Causes of Rhinitis?
What Triggers Vasomotor Rhinitis? (Runny Nose)
What Other Medications Are Effective in Treating Rhinitis?
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Gulf War Missile Tracking Technology Used in Sinus Surgery!
Nose News Newsletter
Effective Relief for Your Chronic Stuffy Nose! (Vol. 1 No. 2)
Feel Like Your Nose Needs a Superhero (Vol. 1 No. 3)
Hay Fever: Fact or Fiction?
Hyperarousal Theory of Primary Insomnia
I Can't Believe My Dentist Sent Me to the Doctor for Tooth Pain!
Nasal Sprays: Are You Doing More Harm Than Good?
Snoring Sends a Serious Signal
Snoring...Sweet Dreams to Nightmares
Snoring - The Noisy Nightmare!
Understanding the Nose and Its Function
You Don't Have to be Miserable (Vol. 3 No. 2)
Patient and Family Resources
Tips for the Mild Snorer or Occasional Snorer
How Common is Snoring?
What Causes Snoring?
If You Snore You May Be Suffering From:
Should I Worry About Snoring?
What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Can Heavy Snoring Be Cured?
Sleep Apnea/Snoring Treatment
St. Joseph Hospital Sleep Disorders Center
What Is a Sleep Study
Understanding Sinuses
Common Sinus Procedures Performed

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Snoring Sends a Serious Signal

Ah the bedroom! An oasis that beckons at the end of a long and exhausting day - a quiet and enveloping cocoon where a woman can drift into a peaceful and well-deserved sleep. But what starts out as restful slumber can quickly turn into a nightmare of exhaustion when loud snores keep you awake night after night.

Snoring can be a lot more than an irritant to bed partners and listeners as a quarter of the American population are habitual snorers, and the majority are men. Although women, too, can snore, they are typically affected more indirectly. A recent study at the Mayo Clinic found that women who share a bedroom with a loud snorer lose an average of an hour's sleep a night and can suffer from sleep deprivation and fatigue. Even switching bedrooms doesn't always help, because some snorers can be heard right through closed doors.

Snoring is often viewed as fodder for stand-up comics, but according to Dr. Navin Amin of the St. Joseph Hospital Nasal & Sinus Center, "Chronic snoring is no laughing matter. Not only can it affect the health of the snorer's partner, it can also be an indicator of a more dangerous medical condition called sleep apnea."

In obstructive sleep apnea, the snorer actually stops breathing. This breathless state can last for up to two minutes, reducing the blood's oxygen content and causing fatigue. At worst, the condition can even lead to death.

"A lot of men are not concerned about their snoring until their sleep-deprived mate says, "I've had it. I can't take this anymore." Fortunately, this often spurs the snorer to see a doctor and begin treatment. To learn more about the new advances in treatment options for snoring and how a simple 30 minute procedure can help, plan to attend one of the Nasal & Sinus Center's upcoming community programs. [See our related Events and Lectures]

Seven out of ten Americans snore to some degree. Snoring is a problem that affects you and your loved ones, whether you're the snorer or the person who's kept awake. We invite you to come and learn more about snoring and sleep apnea, and also the latest treatments available for treating this annoying problem.

Seasonal allergic rhinitis or hay fever occurs in late summer or spring. Hypersensitivity to ragweed, not hay, is the primary cause of seasonal allergic rhinitis in 75% of all Americans who suffer from this seasonal disorder. People with sensitivity to tree pollen have symptoms in late March or early April; an allergic reaction to mold spores occurs in October and November as a consequence of falling leaves.

Perennial allergic rhinitis occurs year-round and can result from sensitivity to pet hair, mold on wallpaper, houseplants, carpeting, and upholstery. Some studies suggest that air pollution such as automobile engine emissions can aggravate allergic rhinitis. Although bacteria is not the cause of allergic rhinitis, one medical study found a significant number of the bacteria staphylococcus aureus in the nasal passages of patients with year-round allergic rhinitis.