Why Humans Choke Often And Have Sleep Apnea

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Modern humans are now much more susceptible to choking and dying. Dr. Park reveals the reasons why and what you can do to prevent it.

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3 thoughts on “Why Humans Choke Often And Have Sleep Apnea

  1. Dear Dr. Park,

    Apologies that this may not be directly related to the video, but it is to do with sleep apnea.

    As I have read on your website that proper nasal breathing is very important for one’s sleep, what would you recommend in the case that about a year following a septoplasty and turbinate reduction procedure, one is still facing persistent turbinate hypertrophy that is unresolved with medications (and allergy tests are negative)?

    Also, if, after a septoplasty, one’s septum is much better than before but a bit deviated, could the deviation be contributing to turbinate hypertrophy and require another surgery?

  2. Usama,

    It’s difficult to say without examining you in person, but there are a few possible causes of your persistent nasal congestion. The most common reason that I see is nasal valve collapse/flimsy nostrils. Another possibility is that the turbinate reduction was too conservative. A third option is that you still have reflux into your nose from untreated subclinical apneas.

    You can experiment with nasal dilator strips or internal nostril dilator devices to see if your breathing improves. You can also try using a topical nasal decongestant spray (just once or twice) to shrink your turbinates temporarily to see how much the turbinates are involved. Then also add the nasal dilator to see if that helps on top of the decongestant. This will determine what needs to be addressed if you decide for more surgery.

    You can also try taping your lips together to open your airway at night, to lessen reflux. Worst-case scenario, you may need further surgery on your turbinates or stiffen your nostrils as well.

    Good luck.

  3. Dear Dr. Park,

    Thank you very much for the detailed reply. I really appreciate you taking the time out to reply to my comment!

    I have a feeling that another turbinate reduction would be the way to go. I had a recent CT scan which showed significant turbinate hypertrophy, so it might be the case, as you suggest, that the turbinate reduction was too conservative.

    I have tried a decongestant for a few days and I’ve noticed that even then my nose feels stuffy and clogged. I’d say it improves my breathing by about 50%. Perhaps it could be that there is some bony structure that needs to be addressed rather than just the turbinate mucosa. I could try nasal dilators too to see if that they help.

    You’re absolutely right that without a physical visit it would be impossible to tell the exact the source of my problem. It’s just that I’ve been dealing with a very debilitating case of what I believe is UARS and am just looking at my next options for cure.

    Thanks again for your advice!