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Have snoring problem. Susceptible to tonsilitis and sinus infections. What can be done?

Hello! I am a 63 year old female, my problem is: I have a snoring problem, I have suffered teasing and ridicule all my life because of this. My parents took me to our family physician when I was probably 13 or 14 years old, he advised that I needed my tonsils and adnoids removed, they were enlarged. I have always had many bouts of tonsilitis and sinus infections etc. Needless to say my parents elected not to have the surgery done. I m at witts end with the abuse I have to deal with because I snore......What can be done so that I can live the rest of my life in peace?
Asked On : Sun, 3 Mar 2013
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Thanks for writing to us about your snoring problem.
First of all I would like to tell you that snoring occurs whenever there is obstruction to air way in sleeping hours when your body muscles are quite relax. This obstruction may be because of -
(1) Deviated nasal septum in nose.
(2) Nasal polyp.
(3) Choanal stenosis of posterior choana of nose.
(4) Nasopharyngeal lump may be adenoids , tumors or nasopharyngeal fibroma.
(5) Loose or slaked soft palate and elongated uvula.
(6) enlarge lymphoids of base of tongue.
(7) Enlarged tonsils.
(8) Loose and flabby pharyngeal soft tissue.
(9) Much submandibular fat giving rise to double chin.
(10) Some systemic diseases like - Hypothyroidism and obesity.
It is possible that any individual may have more than one factor for snoring problem, therefore Through examination by an ENT doctor is necessary to find out the real pathology which may be accordingly plan for treatment.

With Regards.
Answered: Sun, 3 Mar 2013
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