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Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Allergic Rhinitis in Veterans Disability

Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Allergic Rhinitis

Leah Bucholz delves into the complex relationship between obstructive sleep apnea and allergic rhinitis, shedding light on how these conditions intersect within the context of veterans’ disability. We will discuss the various aspects of sleep apnea in connection with allergic rhinitis, drawing attention to the multifaceted nature of these medical conditions.

Many veterans are service-connected for allergic rhinitis, often related to Gulf War exposures, burn pit exposures, or diagnoses during active duty. Later in life, some of these veterans develop sleep apnea, prompting consideration of a potential relationship between the two conditions. Allergic rhinitis, with its nasal airway issues, can contribute to the development of obstructive sleep apnea.

Exploring the Literature: Connecting the Dots

Various studies have discussed the risk factors for obstructive sleep apnea, revealing a notable two-fold increase in prevalence compared to controls, independent of the cause of nasal congestion. Additionally, a significant studies delve into the subsequent risk of chronic rhinosinusitis in individuals with obstructive sleep apnea.

Nasal Pathologies and Their Impact on Sleep Apnea

Leah discusses an Italian publication from 2019, “Nasal Pathologies in Patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea” which emphasizes how nasal obstruction caused by issues such as deviated septum, inferior turbinate hypertrophy, chronic rhinosinusitis, and chronic nasal inflammation can contribute to or cause obstructive sleep apnea. Mucosal inflammation, swelling, and upper airway patency impairment are all factors that may play a role in the development of sleep apnea.

Multiple Factors at Play

Sleep apnea has a multifactorial nature and it is imperative to understand the importance of considering various factors when considering a relationship between conditions for those seeking service connection. Whether it’s PTSD, weight gain, orthopedic issues, allergic rhinitis, chronic sinusitis, deviated septum, or the development of the condition during service, all these elements should be thoroughly examined.

Literature Recommendations for Veterans

For veterans seeking to reinforce their disability claims, Leah recommends reviewing the literature. Articles like “The Linkage of Allergic Rhinitis and Obstruction of Sleep Apnea” (Asian Pacific Journal of Allergy and Immunology, 2014) and up-to-date resources can be valuable tools. By familiarizing themselves with the literature, veterans can empower themselves to discuss these findings with their healthcare providers and potentially strengthen their claims.

Conclusion

Leah’s exploration of the relationship between obstructive sleep apnea and allergic rhinitis offers valuable insights for veterans navigating the complexities of disability claims. As the understanding of these conditions evolves, veterans are encouraged to engage with the literature, consult with their healthcare providers, and present a comprehensive picture of their medical history when seeking service connections for sleep apnea. In doing so, veterans can enhance their chances of receiving the support and recognition they deserve for the challenges they face.

Also read: Veterans Disability & Buddy Statements

At Prestige Veteran Medical Consulting, a veteran-owned company, we specialize in Independent Medical Opinions (IMOs) known as Nexus letters.

Our purpose is to empower YOU, the veteran, to take charge of your medical evidence and provide you with valuable educational tools and research to guide you on your journey.

Understanding the unique challenges veterans face, our commitment lies in delivering exceptional service and support.

Leveraging an extensive network of licensed independent medical professionals, all well-versed in the medical professional aspects of the VA claims process, we review the necessary medical evidence to incorporate in our reports related to your VA Disability Claim.

Prestige Veteran Medical Consulting is not a law firm, accredited claims agent, or affiliated with the Veterans Administration or Veterans Services Organizations. However, we are happy to discuss your case with your accredited VA legal professional.

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In her active-duty service in the United States Navy, Danielle undertook a variety of responsibilities, ranging from essential administrative duties to providing crucial medical care. Her multifaceted contributions played a pivotal role in enhancing her fellow service members’ operational effectiveness and well-being.

As a disabled veteran, she developed a profound understanding of the unique challenges faced by her fellow service members. Now, in her civilian role, Danielle is a valued member of the Prestige Veteran Medical Consulting team, where she continues to leverage her extensive background and educational achievements to provide exceptional support to veterans.

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LETICIA

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Leticia has been in the medical field for nearly 14 years. She has always had a passion for medicine and caring for her community. Leticia has spent the last 4 years caring for veterans and first responders with alcohol and substance abuse in a medical rehabilitation setting whilst continuing her education working towards a degree in software development.

Someday she hopes to develop medical software that further enhances the patient’s experience in medical care. Leticia has a deep respect and love for those who have served as she comes from a family of law enforcement and military veterans.

Alan Bucholz

ALAN BUCHOLZ, PA-C:

U.S ARMY VETERAN, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Alan enlisted in the US Army as a combat medic, where he deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Influenced by his time as a combat medic, he attended the Interservice Physician Assistant program while on
active duty, was commissioned as an officer, and subsequently deployed to Afghanistan.  

Alan’s military and medical background inspired him to form Prestige Veteran Medical Consulting with his
wife, Leah Bucholz, a Physician Assistant and Army Combat Veteran.  He has devoted himself to using his
knowledge gained in the military as a medical professional to serve the Veteran community.

Alan Bucholz

ALAN BUCHOLZ, PA-C:

U.S ARMY VETERAN, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Alan enlisted in the US Army as a combat medic, where he deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Influenced by his time as a combat medic, he attended the Interservice Physician Assistant program while on
active duty, was commissioned as an officer, and subsequently deployed to Afghanistan.  

Alan’s military and medical background inspired him to form Prestige Veteran Medical Consulting with his
wife, Leah Bucholz, a Physician Assistant and Army Combat Veteran.  He has devoted himself to using his
knowledge gained in the military as a medical professional to serve the Veteran community.

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ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

During her Active-Duty time in the US Navy as a Hospital Corpsman, Julie provided medical administration
and patient care services in the field, the hospital, and base medical office settings.  This military medical and
administrative background has given Julie the hands-on experience and extensive knowledge necessary to
provide unparalleled service to her fellow Veterans through the Prestige Veteran Medical Consulting team.

Julie’s educational achievements include a Bachelor of Arts with a minor in Human Services and a pre-nursing associate in arts and science.

Julie has been inspired by her firsthand knowledge of navigating the VA Benefits process. She has dedicated
most of her adult life to serving Veterans through her knowledge derived from her military and civilian medical
education and training.

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JENNIFER JANUTA

U.S ARMY VETERAN, CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER

During her Active-Duty service in the Army, Jennifer supported various research efforts centered on combat casualty care and Soldier performance. Her military background gave her unique insights into veterans’ distinct challenges, ultimately inspiring her to join the Prestige Veteran Medical Consulting team.

Jennifer’s educational achievements include a master’s in molecular biology from George Washington University and a master’s in data science from Texas Tech University. Jennifer wholeheartedly dedicates herself to utilizing her knowledge and expertise gained from 15 years of healthcare experience to impact the well-being of those who have served positively.

Alan Bucholz

ALAN BUCHOLZ, PA-C:

U.S ARMY VETERAN, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Alan enlisted in the US Army as a combat medic, where he deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Influenced by his time as a combat medic, he attended the Interservice Physician Assistant program while on
active duty, was commissioned as an officer, and subsequently deployed to Afghanistan.  

Alan’s military and medical background inspired him to form Prestige Veteran Medical Consulting with his
wife, Leah Bucholz, a Physician Assistant and Army Combat Veteran.  He has devoted himself to using his
knowledge gained in the military as a medical professional to serve the Veteran community.

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LEAH BUCHOLZ, PA-C

U.S ARMY VETERAN, MEDICAL EXPERT & FORMER C & P EXAMINER

Meet Leah, the founder, and leader of our organization. ​​A combat veteran herself, she understands the unique challenges veterans face, making her mission about much more than running a successful business. It’s about the opportunity to provide a legacy of exceptional service for our heroes.​

​“It is essential to remember that there is no greater honor than caring for service members on the battlefield. Continuing to care for Veterans after separation is an opportunity that I have been afforded to extend that care in this new battlefield related to service-incurred disabilities.”

Her inspiration comes from years of military experience working alongside her fellow servicemembers, particularly key leaders who have influenced her journey, applying their wisdom to her path. She values her team deeply, most of whom are also disabled combat veterans, each member a trusted individual sharing her vision.

 “Driven by passion and purpose, I aim to create a sustainable change that empowers veterans and future generations.”

Leah’s journey hasn’t been without challenges. From overcoming and living with her service-related disabilities to navigating work-life balance, she’s learned to face each hurdle head-on with resilience.  Like many of her veteran brothers and sisters, her early background consisted of limited resources and opportunities. Her military service has helped shape her into a steadfast leader, offering relatable inspiration to others.

Join us in celebrating Leah, a compassionate leader, and resilient veteran, driving our mission to serve those who served our nation.