Fact or Fiction – Nose Drops for Snoring

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It is a medical fact that inflammation in the nasal passages and throat can contribute to the loud snoring that not only affects the snorer’s sleep but also the person sharing the bed or even in the next room. Preventing the inflammation is one way to reduce the incidence of snoring, but do nose drops work toward this goal? However, it should be noted that it depends on the content of the nose spray.

Nose drops and spray that is available over the counter at many drug stores and chain store merchants may help some people. For example, a simple saline solution (basically salt water) may help to relieve minor nasal inflammation and congestion. Others that contain decongestants and antihistamines can also relieve symptoms. It is important to follow label directions for optimal results. Some require continued use through the day, not just at bedtime, in order to be useful.

There are also prescription nose drops and sprays that contain anti-inflammatory components that are highly effective in reducing the inflammation of nasal passages. In addition, some contain antibiotics if bacterial infection is present. Your doctor is best able to determine if you are in need of this type of nose drops or spray. Overuse of either type is not recommended. For example, overuse of antibiotics makes your body immune to its effects, letting infections run rampant through your body. Overuse of anti-inflammatory drugs makes the swelling return when you stop using the drugs, contributing to the problem you are trying to cure.

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In addition to these considerations, there may be other underlying causes of snoring, such as excess tissues in the throat that vibrate with the intake of breath, and a collapse or restriction in the trachea, or windpipe, itself. These conditions cannot be helped with nose drops and are more serious in nature. If you have already tried several methods to quit snoring without results, it may be time to visit your doctor.

Considering that this is not the perfect cure for snoring, your comments and advice are welcomed in order to help others. If you would like more information, please read “Snoring Causes and Treatments – The Whole Story.”