Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)

By Patricia | November 4, 2009

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome

A ticklish feeling in the throat could indicate that the back of your throat is inflamed or infected in some way. There is a more serious aspect to this problem than just a case of possible laryngitis or pharyngitis and that is the possibility of obstructive sleep apnea syndrome. The best way of figuring out if you have obstructive sleep apnea is to figure out if you snore heavily in your sleep or you end up waking up in the middle of the night from snoring. This condition occurs to some people suffering an upper respiratory tract infection; therefore, if you do have a sore throat as well as a snoring problem, you need not worry, as the problem will go away when the sore throat is cured. Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition that occurs when the soft tissue at the back of the throat relaxes during sleep and collapses to the point of obstructing breathing. Ideally, this diagnosis can be made in a doctor’s office with a sleep test. Assuming the better of the two problems, you need to treat the possible sore throat that you are experiencing. A sore throat is usually caused by an allergic reaction or due to an infection. The only way to tell these two apart is from the color of phlegm that exudes from your throat, if it does at all. Allergic reactions do not cause colored phlegm to appear while infections cause colored phlegm to exude. The first step that you need to take is to start a gargling regime. Gargling may sound quite simple but since the objective is to target the gargling fluid to a particular part of the throat, this will take some tact. Before you go to bed, take a cup of warm water and add a lot of salt to it; the warmer and saltier the mixture the better. Take this fluid in your mouth and start to gargle. Slowly start to maneuver the fluid to the back of your throat by raising your head up and consciously expanding the throat until the area where the tickling happens is covered. Repeat this until you have finished all the brine.

Treatment

Before going to sleep, drink some warm ginger ale or green tea with ginger flakes in it. Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory and will reduce the amount of swelling in the throat. Sucking on a throat lozenge will help to disinfect the throat. You should also invest in an antihistamine like diphenhydramine to reduce mucus production.

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