Nasal Sensitivity and Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is common in people with allergic rhinitis (hay fever). Patients with this long-term nasal sensitivity are susceptible to sleep apnea due to obstruction and swelling in the nose. Managing nose allergy symptoms can help reduce the symptoms of sleep apnea.

Think you may have hay fever? It is the most common type of nose allergy, but treatment can be quick and easy through the right medication.

Many factors can irritate your nose and worsen hay fever symptoms. You may need an allergy test for a concrete diagnosis and treatment plan. The specialists at our clinics in Hong Kong and Macau can help you manage your condition and reduce your nose allergy symptoms.


Potential allergens include dust, animal dander, chemicals, pollen, pollution and severe or changing weather, such as hot to cold, or dry to humid. All of these can induce symptoms because of your nose allergy.

General treatments

General treatment can be roughly divided into oral medications and nasal sprays. Doctors may also use skin tests and antibody blood tests if necessary. Here is a more detailed breakdown of some nose allergy treatment methods available in Hong Kong:

These are great for relieving your runny nose, sneezing and itching.

Decongestants work to reduce swelling by shrinking the blood vessels in the affected area. These are often taken through nasal sprays.

Steroids are an effective way of controlling the inflammation caused by hay fever. By doing so, they alleviate many symptoms.

Should none of the above work, you may get prescribed immunotherapy. This is when your body is exposed to very small quantities of the allergen to build up a natural immunity. This is normally done a few months prior to peak hay fever season.

The chance of suffering from sleep apnea will be reduced by tackling the source of your nose allergy in Hong Kong and effectively treating nasal sensitivity problems.

While allergies and the common cold share similar traits, some defining factors differentiate the two. If you have itchy eyes and clear runny mucus, there is a higher chance that it’s from hay fever, not a cold. A common cold will last around a maximum of 2 weeks, but allergies can last from days to even months, depending on your contact with the allergen. Other symptoms such as a fever or sore throat are typically associated with colds and not allergies.

Taking necessary precautions to manage your nose allergy symptoms can help improve your sleep apnea. Asides from taking allergy medication and using nasal sprays, some simple treatments, and preventative measures can be implemented at home to reduce the effects of hay fever in Hong Kong. One key method is to minimize the number of allergens in your home, which includes cleaning your air conditioning system and using a dehumidifier to reduce the possibility of bacteria growing. Rinsing your sinuses with a saline solution can also directly flush out allergens from your nasal passage and help relieve hay fever symptoms.

The medical and cloth masks we wear to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and other viruses can also help to filter out pollen and allergens in the air. Allergen particles are larger than viral particles, so wearing masks can be an effective way to stop particles from entering the nasal passages. While masks can help those with nose allergies in Hong Kong, those with allergic conjunctivitis, or eye allergies, may not find masks enough in the treatment of symptoms.


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