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Allergies and Snoring: Are You Sleeping With A Deafening Murderer?

allergic-rhinitis290They could be in your bedroom every night. You might never know. Who, or perhaps what, is this ear-popping killer lurking in the shadows?

The answer is snoring, but you probably already knew that. What you might not have known is that it may be caused by an allergy.

The Culprit: Allergic Rhinitis

Chances are that you have heard of allergic rhinitis before. I didn’t think that I had until I came across its common name, hay fever. Few people realize that hay fever doesn’t come from hay at all.

This allergy is aggravated by things like mold, pollen, dust, and the skin and hair your pets shed.

For some people this is only a seasonal issue. For others it lasts all year long. There is no real cure for this allergy, but the symptoms can be treated. However, first you have to be sure that this is in fact the cause of your snoring.


The easiest way to tell if you have hay fever or not is to see if your symptoms match up with those of other sufferers. Some of the symptoms include congestion throughout the day, runny nose, folds under the lower eyelids, and some even experience itching in their nose and throat.

However, there are other ways to determine if you have this allergy. Sometimes an allergy test can detect this condition. It’s not guaranteed though. There are still some allergies that will not show up in the results of a skin prick test. If you aren’t familiar with it, the skin prick test isn’t so pleasant.

It involves pricking the skin and then applying a tiny bit of the suspected allergen. Normally a skin prick test is done to check for many different allergies at the same time, so I’m sure you can imagine how bad it could get.


If you find that allergic rhinitis is the culprit then there are several options available to you. The first option is to do your best to avoid things like mold, pet dander, and pollen. This includes letting your pets in or around your bed. Although a variety of products claim to reduce the amount of mold in the air many of them have no significant effect on allergies. Another option is to use an antihistamine before bed.

Something as simple as Benadryl might be just enough to do the trick. There is also classic allergy treatment. This involves structured exposure to the allergen so that you can begin with a very small amount and gradually build tolerance.

The downside to this is that sometimes it can take up to 4 years and there is no guarantee that it will work for everyone. Some specialized products have hit the market that are made to help allergy sufferers quit snoring. These vary in quality and are usually hit or miss.

04/12/2013 update:

It has also come to my attention that if your problem is hay fever then nasal sprays from the pharmacy like Nasonex and Flonase could help you. Both of these sprays need to be used daily and it will take several days to see the full effect.

The worst thing most people have to deal with when using one of these is a dried out nose and maybe a few nose bleeds. That doesn’t sound bad compared to dealing with the allergy.

However, you should be able to avoid the nose bleeds by using smaller doses of these sprays if you run into this problem.

Most nasal sprays measure the dose in sprays or puffs so they are pretty simple to adjust if you need a little less.

Conclusion And Recommendations

Unfortunately there is not a perfect solution to this problem. If you think that hay fever is your problem then I suggest trying an antihistamine first.

If you feel better but continue to snore then you may want to check out an anti-snoring mouthpiece. This is something that you just have to experiment with until you find what works for you.

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