At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 100
THE WINTER BLUES
WE ALL GET EAR, NOSE AND THROAT PROBLEMS FROM TIME TO TIME, BUT
KNOWING HOW TO DEAL WITH THEM WHEN THEY HIT WILL HELP YOU A LOT
When I wake up at
night, I sometimes
can't breathe through
my nose. I don't have a cold,
so what's causing it?
Episodes of blocked breathing,
known as apnoea attacks,
such as those experienced
by snorers, could be the cause.
Dr Stephen Collins of netdoctor.co.uk
explains: 'This is when the obstructive
tendency in the snorer's upper airway
(nose or throat) temporarily prevents
a straightforward inward breath.'
The condition can affect your quality
of sleep and typically results in a
startled wakening. Sometimes your
partner's sleep will be affected, too.
Dr Collins suggests losing any
excess weight as a first option and
adds: 'A check-up is always a good
idea if you have any sort of breathing
difficulties. If your GP thinks that
you could be getting apnoea attacks,
they may decide to refer you
for further tests by a consultant
with specialist knowledge.'
you to lose
Why do I often feel
pain at the sides
of my head?
If the ache is constant on
both sides of your head,
it sounds like a tension
headache, which is the most
common type of headache. They are
rarely severe enough to prevent you
doing everyday activities - typically
lasting 30 minutes - but they can
go on for a few hours.
The exact cause is unclear, but
tension headaches have been
linked to stress, poor posture or
poor quality sleep. Skipping meals
and dehydration are also believed
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to be causes. Women can get
headaches because of hormones -
paracetamol should help.
NHS Choices say: 'In the vast
majority of cases, headaches aren't
a sign of serious problems. Just
occasionally, though, they can be
a symptom of a stroke, meningitis
or a brain tumour.'
The serious signs to look out
for include a sudden severe pain
that doesn't go away, especially
if it occurs after a head injury, is
triggered by coughing or laughing,
or accompanied by slurred speech,
stiffness in the neck, a rash or vision
problems. If in any doubt, seek
immediate medical advice.