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I am 50 year old reasonably fit and healthy male and have a worsening problem of invountary sniffing and snorting, I feel like my sinus is all clogged up and sniff totry and clear it, I have been to 2 seperate ear nose and throat specialist and have been told by both that my sinuses are perfect, catscans show no disorders at all, one suggested it may be a stress related muscular disorder, I have noticed it is not as bad on weekends when i am away from work but progressively gets worst as the week goes on and starts to get better closer to the weekend, it is also much worse after drinking a lot of alcohol on the weekend. I dont really feel that i am stressed at work but cant explain why it feels better on weekends. who do i see to diagnose this problem? can it be treated? do i see a Neuroligist? any info would be appreciated.
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replied October 23rd, 2010
Involuntary Sniffing & Snorting
I'm a 29yr old male recently finished a 6yr tour of duty with the Air Force. I have the same problem. It feels as if there is always something dripping down the back of my throat from my sinuses. I've had a nasal passage surgery to open the airway but Dr's say theres nothing wrong with my sinuses and nothing more than can do.... I feel uncomfortable all day involuntarily snorting and sniffing.. Does anyone know what could cause this? I've had Dr's say maybe Tourettes, Maybe Stress, but why would I feel that sinus congestion?
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replied May 2nd, 2011
Tell you what my dad has been doing it for over 15 years, he sniffs and sniffs and sniffs every 5 seconds, he will sniff so much he will cough because he inhaled to much.
Its a permanent dry sniff, you can hear no mucus inhalation, its just an irritating sniff. i believe it is due to a psychological problem, your brain tricking you into feeling you have mucus running down your nasal passage. for example did you ever blow you nose whilst you where ill or did you just sniff it backwards, your brain can get used to that feeling of mucus running down that passage, and when you have a slight amount of mucus moving it will trick you into thinking there is more..
It irritates me highly when he sniffs, as its not a proper way of breathing, the oxygen levels change in the body at a high rate due to the amount of sniffing you do, it also can cause tension on the lungs.
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