uvula (the small, finger-shaped piece of tissue that
hangs down from the roof of the mouth into the throat). See a picture of
the tonsils, adenoids, and uvula.
around the neck. These can temporarily block your airway when you lie on your
back, especially if you are overweight.
A large tongue, which may
block your airway when you are lying down.
Nasal congestion that is
caused by colds or allergies. The tissues in the nose may swell. People who
have allergies may develop growths in the nose called
nasal polyps, which also may block the nasal passage.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerAnne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine Donald Sproule, MDCM, CCFP - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerMark A. Rasmus, MD - Pulmonology, Critical Care Medicine, Sleep Medicine