My friends told me that my breathing is usually quite loud. What could be the causes and can it be rectified?
Dr Stephen Lee, Specialist in Ear, Nose & Throat Surgery, Raffles Hospital
Loud breathing would imply air passing through a narrowed passage. We would thus follow the pathway that air takes to reach our lungs.
It can thus arise from one of several levels, via the nose, the post-nasal space, the throat space, the voice box or in the lower respiratory tract.
As a result, causes can be as diverse as nasal tissue swelling, deviated nasal septum, sinusitis, nasal polyps, adenoid enlargement, post nasal tumours, obstructing tonsils, large tongue, voice box swellings or even asthma.
An Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist will be able to diagnose the cause of the problem. Specific Treatment is generally available to successfully rectify the cause of the problem.