There are a number of factors that can make breathing difficult, including allergies, asthma, and illnesses. These can restrict air flow, cause snoring and result in damage to the body if left untreated. People should always visit their GP when they experience breathing problems, and if the diagnosis shows that the problem can be treated without a prescription, they can learn more about breathing aids.
Breathing Aids for Snoring
Many people sore occasionally, but others find it difficult to stay asleep or find that they disturb others resting nearby. A variety of snoring aids are available that may provide relief, such as specially contoured pillows. People that snore while breathing through their nose with the mouth closed should look for devices that keep the nasal passages open wider so that air can flow. These include nasal strips, which stick onto the outsides of the nostrils and pull them open throughout the night. There are also nose cones, which users insert into the nostrils at bedtime to keep them wide open. For those who snore open-mouthed, jaw retaining mouthpieces help to realign the jaw while sleeping, and keep the tongue from sealing against the back of the throat.
Breathing Aids for Congestion
Sniffling, sneezing, and wheezing, can make breathing extremely difficult whether they result from allergies or a cold. During the pollen season or when the common cold strikes, the membranes in the nose and sinuses become inflamed and swollen, which blocks the air passages, in addition to affecting the drainage of fluids from the sinuses, which causes congestion. For some people, rinsing the nasal passageways with a saline solution in a neti pot helps to keep the air moving. Others may benefit from decongestants that come in pill, liquid, or spray form.
Filters and Humidifiers to Aid Breathing
Minimising exposure to allergens goes a long way towards assisting trouble-free breathing. In the home, this is assisted with a mechanical air purifier. These can trap allergens, such as pollen, pet allergens, and dust mites by forcing air through a special filter. Buyers should choose one that is rated for the specific area of the room. HEPA filters are specially designed to trap particles more efficiently, which makes them a great choice when replacing the filters. If the room has an air conditioner, then the filters should be replaced frequently.