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Can I temporarily get sleep apnea if i'm sick and my tonsils/adenoids swell?

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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: YES

Yes... Due to blockage of the airway with tonsil swelling or increased nasal resistance with a cold.
If it is just contributing to poor rest and fatigue during the day... No big deal... If it produces (cyanosis) - turning blue... Eval by the er is mandatory.

In brief: YES

Yes... Due to blockage of the airway with tonsil swelling or increased nasal resistance with a cold.
If it is just contributing to poor rest and fatigue during the day... No big deal... If it produces (cyanosis) - turning blue... Eval by the er is mandatory.
Dr. Patrick Melder
Dr. Patrick Melder
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Dr. Gary Lederman
Dentistry
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In brief: Absolutely

Any obstruction, short or long term, contributes.
A great example is alcohol consumption and related snoring, or sleeping on ones back.

In brief: Absolutely

Any obstruction, short or long term, contributes.
A great example is alcohol consumption and related snoring, or sleeping on ones back.
Dr. Gary Lederman
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Dr. James Donley
Dentistry

In brief: Yes

If the tonsils/adenoids swell enough they can cause sleep apnea.
This is a common problem in the 1-6% of children with sleep apnea. Check with your doctor on having them removed.

In brief: Yes

If the tonsils/adenoids swell enough they can cause sleep apnea.
This is a common problem in the 1-6% of children with sleep apnea. Check with your doctor on having them removed.
Dr. James Donley
Dr. James Donley
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