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Suggest remedies for open-mouth breathing

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Posted on Wed, 15 Jun 2016
Question: What can be done when i lay down to rest, something in my mouth or sinus must closes an can't breath through nose. Then i must get up or open my mouth to breath again
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Answered by Dr. Kathy Robinson (20 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
congestion/allergies

Detailed Answer:
Hello and thank you for your question.
It sounds like you are having some upper airway obstruction. This is often from congestion caused by allergies or a virus. Try using an antihistamine like loratadine and some nasal saline. If this does not clear it up you would need to see your doctor for prescription medications. A humidifier or some "breathe right" strips may also be helpful to you. It is important to stay well hydrated by drinking plenty of water and avoiding caffeine and alcohol. Take a multivitamin daily. I hope you are feeling better very soon.
Dr. Robinson
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Kathy Robinson (5 hours later)
Zyrtec seam to help some, how every it seam when I relax an fall a sleep my nasal airway passage closes if I am not incline with a stand pelow i wake up starving for air. The mouth peace I also use help some.

To sum up if I rase to the degree need each night my neck start to hurt for strain. But what is so strange about it is if I done lay down I do not have any problem .

I do have congestion to a degree most of the time.

It dose seam to be something in my mouths nasal passage that is the problem.
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Answered by Dr. Kathy Robinson (9 hours later)
Brief Answer:
sleep study?

Detailed Answer:
It may be possible that you have sleep apnea or some other problem. Seeing a ENT physician or getting a sleep study done may help clarify what is going on. I hope you get some relief soon
Dr. Robinson
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Brief Answer: congestion/allergies Detailed Answer: Hello and thank you for your question. It sounds like you are having some upper airway obstruction. This is often from congestion caused by allergies or a virus. Try using an antihistamine like loratadine and some nasal saline. If this does not clear it up you would need to see your doctor for prescription medications. A humidifier or some "breathe right" strips may also be helpful to you. It is important to stay well hydrated by drinking plenty of water and avoiding caffeine and alcohol. Take a multivitamin daily. I hope you are feeling better very soon. Dr. Robinson