Why is the risk for developing obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) increased in patients with allergic rhinitis (hay fever)?

Updated: Dec 26, 2018
  • Author: Javed Sheikh, MD; Chief Editor: Michael A Kaliner, MD  more...
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Allergic rhinitis is a risk factor for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) syndrome. [37] Patients who have allergic rhinitis have increased nighttime awakenings and daytime sleepiness. [38] Nasal airway resistance is increased in those with allergic rhinitis and it is intesified in the supine position compared to the upright position. [39]


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