I spent 20 yrs in the Air Force as a Still Photographic Labratory Technician. During my 20 yrs I spent 3 yrs overseas (England). I processed film, mixed black and white, and color chemicles (process E3, E4, E6 chemicles) I did all of this in a 10x8 room with no ventilation. Bio/Envir came in and stated there was no ventilation or breathing equipment, and the chemicls were toxic. I repeatedly complained of eye, nose, throat irritation, chest pains, and skin irritation. Could this be a leading cause if not a direct cause for my sleep apnea which was disovered years later. I have also later developed type II diabetes.
In general, irritants and allergies cause inflammation, which can aggravate it. By definition, your anatomy is what predisposed you to develop sleep apnea. Weight gain, irritants, lifestyle choices including diet, allergies, nasal congestion, weather changes and various other factors all contribute to aggravating obstructive sleep apnea.
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