A 46-year-old member asked:

What causes snoring? how can i get rid of it?

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Dr. Brent Peters
Pulmonary Critical Care 22 years experience
Airway vibrations: Snoring is caused by vibrations of the upper airway tissues in the back of the nose and throat. Simple snoring occurs in absence of sleep apnea. Screening for sleep apnea is important. Enlarged adenoid/tonsils and septal deviation are other causes. Treating sleep apnea can improve snoring. Alcohol and sedative medications can worsen. Treatment includes nasal steroids, dental appliances and surgery
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Dr. John Feola
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Internal Medicine 33 years experience
R/O OSA: OSA can be suggested by history and physical. Excess snoring/daytime sleepiness/apneic episodes/ aM headaches. And the Exam obesity/small oral airway/collar size>18. The definitive test is a PSG with split night/CPAP titration. I would request copy of sleep study and get a second opinion if you are not satisfied with the options. You are young CPAP can be difficult to tolerate. ENT FOR UPP EVA
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A 26-year-old male asked:

Sir, How to get rid of snoring problem?

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Dr. John Chiu
Allergy and Immunology 59 years experience
Upper airway: Snoring is usually from upper airway obstruction with the nose the most common site. Too much weight narrows down the throat opening along with fattening of the tongue. First check if you have a constantly stuffy nose- if yes get it treated. In the meanwhile try elevating the head of the bed (or a wedge pillos) by 4-6 inches. Sleep apnea should be ruled out. See ENT if problem persists.
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