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Being able to breathe through the nose is something many take for granted. Not only does most normal breathing takes place through the nasal cavity, nasal breathing is the only physiologically normal breathing pattern.
Any obstruction within the nasal cavity can be a source of discomfort and have a significant impact on daily life. Nasal airway obstructions narrow and block the nasal passages and prevent the comfortable flow of air in and out of the nose.
Many allergies can be the cause of nasal airway obstruction through the constant process of inflammation and swelling of the nasal passages and sinuses (e.g. nasal allergies, sinusitis) which at times can even lead to structural abnormalities in the nose (nasal polyps).
There are a number of potentially serious health consequences associated with mouth breathing. When left untreated individuals can develop craniofacial growth abnormalities, dental and orthodontic problems, skeletal and postural changes, sleeping difficulties, exacerbation of asthma and various other physiological and social health issues
Signs of mouth breathing include:
Nasal congestion (“blocked” nose), intermittent or constant open mouthed breathing, noisy, visible breathing (physiologically normal breathing is through the nose, silent, smooth and almost invisible), snoring, frequent night waking, dry mouth (often
individual’s report needing to keep a glass of water by the bedside), dry, cracked lips, night sweating, daytime fatigue, behavioural issues (in children), long, narrow face, dental or orthodontic issues, head posture where head it tilted backwards, bad breath, and poor asthma control.
At Allergy First we provide the Allergy Tests for the diagnosis of aeroallergens (mostly causing nasal blockage)