Asthma does not cause snoring but there are certain aspects about asthma that might contribute to snoring

Asthma – what you need to know. It is a condition that affects the airways – the breathing tubes that carry air to and from the lungs. When asthma occurs, the airways become narrowed, making it harder to breathe. As result, coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath and chest tightness can occur.

What causes asthma?
People with asthma have extra sensitive airways that are easily irritated. This irritation can either cause the lining of the airways to become red and swollen ( “inflammation” ), sometimes producing mucous, or cause the muscles of the airways to tighten ( “bronchospasm” ). Either way, the airways become narrowed, making it hard for air to get in and out of the lungs. The greater the irritation, the greater the narrowing and the greater the difficulty in breathing.

Who gets asthma?
Anyone can develop asthma, though it is most common during childhood. There are several things that make some people more likely to develop asthma than others. The risk of developing asthma may be inherited, so if your parent(s) has asthma, it is more likely, though not certain, that you will also develop it. Some people develop asthma from exposure to irritants at work or home, such as paint or hair care chemicals. Other risk factors include urban city living ( especially a very polluted environment ), cigarette smoke exposure and obesity.

Asthma has many triggers.
Asthma episodes, also called “asthma attacks”, are usually set off by “triggers” that irritate the airways, causing them to tighten. The type and severity of an asthma attack will depend on the types of triggers you are exposed to. Some triggers bring on rapid symptoms that resolve quickly, while others bring on delayed symptoms that are more difficult to control.

What are some common triggers?
Different people have different triggers. It is important to recognize your triggers and to try to avoid them. Common triggers include:

  • dust, dust mites
  • mould
  • pollen
  • respiratory viral infections
  • cold air
  • air pollutants
  • cigarette smoke
  • animal secretions
  • exercise
  • strong fumes ( e.g. gas, smoke )

Asthma impacts over half a million children in Canada and is the leading cause of school absences. Snoring and sleep apnea in children.

If you thing you may have the symptoms of asthma, you should see your doctor. Your doctor may ask you to perform some breathing tests to know for sure.

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