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I am constantly sniffing but do not have a runny noise. I

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I am constantly sniffing but do not have a runny noise. I just seem to feel like I am always full of air. Can anyone help - Please???
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Lisa, MSN, FNP-BC, CCRN replied 7 years ago.
<p>Hello;</p><p> </p><p>Thank you for writing in today.   I want to provide you with the best possible information, so I do have a few questions. I hope you understand.</p><p> </p><p>Any other medical condition, especially any allergies or hayfever?</p><p>How long has this been happening?</p><p>Do you find yourself clearing your throat often or feel like you have some throat irritation?</p><p>Any significant history of sinus infections or other upper respiratory problems?</p><p>Any other symptoms, such as pressure in the sinuses or a feeling of fullness/discomfort when bending forward?</p><p>What does your nasal mucous look like? Amount?</p><p> </p><p>Please let me know.</p><p> </p><p>Lisa</p>
Customer: replied 7 years ago.


Had laser treatment on my noise a few years ago for rhinonisus. Also do feel of bloated, but believe that is due to the fact that I am also sniffing, thus taking in too much 02. With regards XXXXX XXXXX respiratory problems, I understand that I have a mild case of sleep apnoea. Had the Sleep Test about a year ago, but was told that it was only a mild case. Just in the process of buying our first house and all that goes with it and wonder if this is not just a little stress related?

Expert:  Lisa, MSN, FNP-BC, CCRN replied 7 years ago.

Thank you for responding.

Unfortunately without an assessment, it is difficult to definitively identify the specific origin of your complaint; however, based on your information, I can provide some insight and possibly some suggestions to discuss with your provider.

First of all, yes, sniffing can be a nervous habit. It is possible that this could be caused by increased stress, such as buying a first home. However, given your history, this should be evaluated for a possible sinus connection.   In your particular case, you have a history of sinus problems. You mention having the ablation therapy a few years ago.   Unfortunately, ablation of sinus tissue can provide limited improvement, and sinus problems can redevelop over time. There is the possibility that your sinus tissues are again inflamed and swollen. Also, sniffing is very commonly associated with allergies. Either way, a physical exam can easily detect any sinus and/or allergy problem. Both conditions could be well managed with conservative therapies, such as nasal steroids, antihistamines, or decongestants.    

As for your complaints of taking in too much air and the fullness, this is a bit difficult to interpret clearly; however, I suspect that when you breathe you may be feeling like some air trapping/increased pressure in the sinuses occurs.   This could be due to inflammation and swelling in the area.

I do want to stress that you should have this evaluated, specifically since you do have some mild sleep apnea. Any changes in the tissues of your nasal cavity and sinuses can have an impact on apnea. If you do in fact have some tissue inflammation, this could cause sleep apnea to get worse. Sleep apnea can actually have some negative impact on your overall health. This could include high blood pressure, difficulty sleeping, fatigue, etc..

I hope this helps. If you have additional questions, concerns, or would like to discuss this further, please let me know.

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