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Can having large tonsils cause snoring?

Can having large tonsils cause snoring?

Yes: This can lead to airway obstruction which can result in snoring. ...Read more

Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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5y/o tonsils never went down after infection 3yrs ago. Snores & food aversions cuz foods cause him to gag. Dr won't refer for removal. 2nd opinion?

5y/o tonsils never went down after infection 3yrs ago. Snores & food aversions cuz foods cause him to gag. Dr won't refer for removal. 2nd opinion?

Enlarged tonsils: If you do not feel secure with the explanation you have received regarding your child's condition, you most certainly should seek a second opinion. Enlarged tonsils that interfere with sleep and eating are valid cause for concern. ...Read more

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My son snores loud, his dad has sleep apnea. Is there a chance he has apnea as well? Should I have his tonsils/adenoids checked, does these cause snoring?

My son snores loud, his dad has sleep apnea. Is there a chance he has apnea as well? Should I have his tonsils/adenoids checked, does these cause snoring?

Yes: Depending on your son's age, I would absolutely get his to your family doctor. He may then possibly be referred to an ENT specialist. Early attention to his problems can hopefully allow him much better health as he gets older. I would also help him avoid become obese, which can further hinder success. ...Read more

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4 yr son. Had respirtory&food allergy blood tests. Results only very low cows milk allergen. Cld it cause stuffy nose&snoring? Adenoids&tonsils remvd 2015

4 yr son. Had respirtory&food allergy blood tests. Results only very low cows milk allergen. Cld it cause stuffy nose&snoring? Adenoids&tonsils remvd 2015

Milk allergy: Generally food allergies are outgrown by the time the child is 2 yrs old
if your child is still allegic even if mild you should avoid milk
he should be fully tested to see if there are other allergies
if not he can have congestion and wheezing ...Read more

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What actually cause us to snore. And how can I prevent it. Sometimes at night my mouth remains open and very dry up to the trought?

What actually cause us to snore. And how can I prevent it. Sometimes at night my mouth remains open and very dry up to the trought?

Snoring: 70% of the time, this is due to the soft palate vibrating against the back of the throat. Throat tissues can become lax over time with less elasticity, making snoring more common with age. There can be resistance to breathing through the nose or mouth due to a variety of anatomic causes which restrict airflow, causing vibration. Nasal strips, snore guards, and better pillows can help. See an ENT. ...Read more

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What could cause mouth opening and breathing noise like Darth Vader (not snoring), with teeth clamping shut (not grinding) a few times while sleeping?

What could cause mouth opening and breathing noise like Darth Vader (not snoring), with teeth clamping shut (not grinding) a few times while sleeping?

Test: You may have airway insufficiency resulting in sleep apnea. See a Pulmonologist. A sleep study may be in order. If you are grinding or clenching, or if you have a narrow upper jaw and/or retrusive lower jaw, an Orthodontic examination should be performed. ...Read more

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My daughter talks through her nose and snores a lot. She always breathes through her mouth and talks through her nose. At night, she snores so loud that I can hear her over the tv. Do I need to take her in and what could be the cause?

Without: Without knowing her age (i'm assuming she's a child) the most likely (but not only) cause for her chronic mouth breathing and nasal obstruction would be enlarged adenoids which is lymphoid tissue situated in the back of the nasal cavity (nasopharynx). I would have her seen by an ENT who can specifically define the cause and offer corrective treatment. ...Read more

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Can removing your tonsils cure snoring?

Can removing your tonsils cure snoring?

R/O OSA: IT MAY: 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 vs ENT FOR UPP EVAL. ...Read more

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Can getting my tonsils removed help my snoring?

Depends: In children, enlarged tonsils which significantly reduce the airway space are one of the main reasons for sleep apnea ; removal usually results in improvement in symptoms. In adults, tonsils do not usually obstruct the airway nearly as significantly. But if you do snore, have excessive sleepiness, morning headaches, ; periodic cessation of breathing in sleep, please see a sleep dr. For evaluation. ...Read more

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Can I get my tonsils removed because they restrict my range when I sing, and they make me snore really loud. Can I request to get them out?

Can I get my tonsils removed because they restrict my range when I sing, and they make me snore really loud. Can I request to get them out?

Maybe: Those two indications probably will not be covered by your insurance. If you have other symptoms, these may be covered. You should see an ENT specialist. ...Read more

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I have very large tonsils, since I was a kid. Many drs suggest removing them but I sing. I used to get chronic strep and I snore. Any suggestions?

I have very large tonsils, since I was a kid. Many drs suggest removing them but I sing. I used to get chronic strep and I snore. Any suggestions?

Sleep apnea: If you are an adult you tonsils are not as important anymore. You should get a sleep test to make sure you do not have sleep apnea where you stop breathing many times during the night. ...Read more

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2 yr old has huge tonsils touching. Disrupted sleep, gasping at night, had antibiotics with no relief, snoring - what do you do?

2 yr old has huge tonsils touching. Disrupted sleep, gasping at night, had antibiotics with no relief, snoring - what do you do?

See ENT doctor: Your child has classic symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea
would seek referral to ENT doctor as there are no good medical treatments for enlarged tonsils/adenoids
may benefit from surgery ...Read more

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I have had tonsillitis 6 times in the past 3 years, I now have a permanently swollen left tonsil. I snore at night and I struggle to breathe well?

I have had tonsillitis 6 times in the past 3 years, I now have a permanently swollen left tonsil. I snore at night and I struggle to breathe well?

Tonsillitis: Make sure you see your physician every time you get tonsillitis and talk with them about the possibility of having them removed. ...Read more

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My tonsils feel like they are crowding my vocal cords and surrounding muscles, affecting my gag reflex, and causing snoring. I have further questions?

My tonsils feel like they are crowding my vocal cords and surrounding muscles, affecting my gag reflex, and causing snoring. I have further questions?

Sleep disorder: If your palatine tonsils are very large, they may cause an obstructive sleep disorder. This is a very common ethical reason for tonsillectomy. See an ENT doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Doc if I hve tonsils and I snore loudly in the nite....So is da snoring bcoz of tonsils? And also if I drink hot water can I get rid of snoring?

Doc if I hve tonsils and I snore loudly in the nite....So is da snoring bcoz of tonsils? And also if I drink hot water can I get rid of snoring?

Tonsils sleep apnea: Tonsils can block the airway at the back of your throat and this can cause snoring.
Please discuss with your physician as this can be a sign of sleep apnea which puts you at risk for heart attacks and strokes. ...Read more

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I have chronic severely enlarged tonsils meeting in midline. I know I snore. What are the chances I have sleep apnea?

I have chronic severely enlarged tonsils meeting in midline. I know I snore. What are the chances I have sleep apnea?

Mgt: I would suggest an inbox consultation. You may have sleep apnea, based on your risk factors, but more information may be provided during the consult ...Read more

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My child has bright red checks with no fever, he's been stuffy and he snores at night along with large tonsils. Thanks, Georgina?

My child has bright red checks with no fever, he's been stuffy and he snores at night along with large tonsils. Thanks, Georgina?

If symptoms are new,: I recommend getting further evaluation for infection, especially strep throat which can cause facial flushing. On the other hands, kids who are mouth breathers due to large tonsils and adenoids will often drool at night and the saliva may cause cheeks to become chafed and appear reddened. Protective ointment such as vaseline should help. ...Read more

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2.5 year old had his tonsil and adenoid removed yesterday due to sleep apnea. He still snores and gasps forair like before. Is this normal or will it get better?

2.5 year old had his tonsil and adenoid removed yesterday due to sleep apnea. He still snores and gasps forair like before. Is this normal or will it get better?

May get better: As he just had his surgery yesterday, there is continued swelling in his throat at this point that could lead to continued obstruction with sleep. It may get better. There also is a chance that the surgery would not solve the apnea. Only a time will tell... ...Read more

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My boyfriend had his tonsils taken out. Bit he still snore like a loud lion! And shakes his legs and feet a lot? What's wrong?

My boyfriend had his tonsils taken out. Bit he still snore like a loud lion! And shakes his legs and feet a lot? What's wrong?

Snoring BF: Removing your tonsils is not necessarily a step to stop snoring, although it may help a little. Snoring is caused by vibration in the airway due to constriction, this leads to more rapid respiration which increases the vibrations causing snoring. He may have apnea and should do a sleep study to determine treatment. He may also have restless leg syndrome. But the apnea possibility needs addressing. ...Read more

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Ache in left ear, , a feeling that there is air trapped in nose, sounds like snoring when I breathe, swollen itchy white tonsils?

Ache in left ear, , a feeling that there is air trapped in nose, sounds like snoring when I breathe, swollen itchy white tonsils?

URI: Swollen tonsils with white secretions can represent a streptococcal throat infection, achy joints, stiff neck and stuffed nose and earache will be present with an acute viral infection. It is rare for an adult to have a strep pharyngitis without a fever. Try salt water gargles and ibuprofen to feel better. If these persist more than 72 hours, seek medical attention. ...Read more

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2yo constant stuffy nose severity varies snores ENT says no to tonsils/adn to be Removed yet parents have had both removed y wait? Is it from daycare

2yo constant stuffy nose severity varies snores ENT says no to tonsils/adn to be Removed yet parents have had both removed y wait? Is it from daycare

Consider surgery: If your child is constantly mouth breathing or has pauses in breathing greater than 10-15 consideration should be made to remove his adenoids and if his tonsils are blocking his breathing, then also his tonsils. Daycare may be contributing to a chronic infection of his adenoids. It may be worth a trial of an antibiotic and steroids to see if this will reduce the swelling and help infection. ...Read more

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Am sure I don't have sleep apnea. Am not overweight. Father. Mother. Brother also snore.. I have large tonsils could it be the reason. Treatments?

Am sure I don't have sleep apnea. Am not overweight. Father. Mother. Brother also snore.. I have large tonsils could it be the reason. Treatments?

Need to be tested: Without a study, you can't know. Tonsils can obstruct airflow, and if blocked long enough, that is the definition of obstructive sleep apnea. Tonsil removal may be all you need, but you need an exam. Tonsils may only be part of the problem. Often it is not enough. Apnea is common in skinny people. ...Read more

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My four year old has huge tonsils. She snores/ breathes heavily at night, but has no ear or throat pain. Should I take her to a pediatrician or spec?

My four year old has huge tonsils. She snores/ breathes heavily at night, but has no ear or throat pain. Should I take her to a pediatrician or spec?

Breathing abnormally: I would bring her to see an ENT if she has pauses or hesitations in her breathing. Watch her breath for a few minutes at night. If the snoring is regular, and does not have long pauses you may be ok. However if you judge any breathing irregularity (in the rate of breaths), make a move on your phone and go see the doctor. She may need treatment for sleep apnea. Large tonsil in themselves may be ok. ...Read more

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Could those snore mouth guards really work?

Could those snore mouth guards really work?

Very possible: Yes but if it does not work, get evaluated with with a dentist for some custom made appliances. ...Read more

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Snoring (Definition)

Snoring = a vibrating sound ...Read more