Snoring Caused by Large Tonsils

Snoring Caused by Large Tonsils

Tonsil tissue includes the pair of tonsils at the back of the mouth, the adenoids behind the nose and a final area of soft tissue behind the tongue. Cases of chronic tonsillitis or infection may become difficult to treat using only antibiotics. Surgery to remove the tonsils is sometimes required, especially if a condition known as hypertrophic tonsils develops.

Large tonsils, or hypertrophic tonsils, can frequently cause severe snoring, obstruct breath, difficulty eating, choaking, and sleep apnea. The term hypertrophic tonsils, also referred to as tonsillar hypertrophy, describes tonsils that are so enlarged that they obstruct breathing. Pediatric Otolaryngology explains that hypertrophic tonsils can be most annoying at night, when a child is trying to sleep. The condition can also cause difficulty swallowing.

Enlarged Tonsils can occur as an isolated event or in conjunction with recurrent tonsillitis. If the problem becomes severe, tonsillectomy with adenoidectomy is often recommended. Tonsillectomy is a 3,000-year-oldsurgical procedure in which each tonsil is removed from a recess in the side of the pharynx called the tonsillar fossa. The procedure is performed in response to repeated occurrence of acute tonsillitis, obstructive sleep apnea, nasal airway obstruction, diphtheria carrier state, snoring, or peritonsillar abscess. For children, the adenoids are usually removed at the same time, a procedure called adenoidectomy, or tonsilloadenoidectomy, when combined. Adenoidectomy is uncommon in adults in whom the adenoids are usually vestigial. Although tonsillectomy is performed less frequently than in the 1950s, it remains one of the most common surgical procedures in children in the United States.

Consequences Large Tonsils

Medical conditions associated with swollen tonsils, difficulty swallowing and a tight throat.

Medical Condition Explanation
Allergic reaction Allergic reaction causes sneezing, runny nose and hives and can lead to anaphylaxis, a whole body reaction.
Tonsillitis Tonsillitis is painful swelling in the tonsils, causing sore throat, red tonsils, pain, fever, and more.
Viral pharyngitis Viral pharyngitis is a sore throat caused by a virus, and causes throat pain and cold-like symptoms.
Panic attack When someone has a panic attack, that person feels a sudden, intense fear that can’t be controlled.
Generalized anxiety disorder Generalized anxiety disorder is a condition in which a person has nearly constant anxiety.
Drug allergy A drug allergy is an allergic reaction to a medication and can cause a rapid heartbeat and difficulty breathing.
Thyroid nodules Thyroid nodules usually don’t cause symptoms, but can cause a visible lump, neck pain, hoarseness, and more.
Thyroid cancer Thyroid cancer is cancer of the thyroid gland and can cause a cough, hoarseness, a lump in the neck, and more.
Anaphylactic shock Anaphylactic shock is a sudden severe allergic reaction marked by breathing trouble, a tight throat, and more.
Medication reaction or side-effect Medication side effects include nausea, vomiting, stomach upset, weakness, dizziness, seizures, and more.
Acute stress reaction Acute stress reaction symptoms include shortness of breath, anxiety, nervousness, sense of doom and more.
Heartburn/GERD Symptoms of heartburn and GERD are a burning feeling in the chest, throat, or mouth, nausea, and more.
StrokeA stroke occurs when blood and oxygen to the brain are cut off, and causes numbness, confusion, and more.
Transient ischemic attack (mini-stroke) A mini-stroke or Transient ischemic attacks cause headache, numbness, tingling, or weakness in the face, arm, or leg, and more.
Peritonsillar abscess A peritonsillar abscess is a pus-filled sore in back of the throat causing sore throat, chills, and more.
Supraventricular tachycardia Supraventricular tachycardia is fast heart rhythm starting in one of the upper chambers of the heart.
Mononucleosis Mononucleosis is a viral infection causing extreme fatigue, sore throat, fever, rash, muscle aches, and more.
Mumps Mumps is a contagious viral disease that causes painful swelling of the glands that produce saliva.
Scarlet fever Scarlet fever is a red itchy rash on the body caused by streptococcal bacteria.
Sjogren’s syndrome Sjogren’s syndrome is an autoimmune disorder that most often causes dry eyes and dry mouth.
Dermatomyositis Dermatomyositis is a condition that causes muscle swelling and weakness, and a rash on the face and joints.
Epiglottitis Epiglottitis is a rare, life-threatening illness that keeps air from getting to the lungs.
Goiter A goiter is an enlarged thyroid gland, causing a lump in the throat below the Adam’s apple.
Myasthenia gravis Myasthenia gravis is caused by abnormal immune responses that weaken muscles, particularly of the face.
Thermal burns of mouth or tongue A thermal burn of the mouth or tongue can cause pain, blisters, peeling skin, and temporary loss of taste.
Adult Hypothyroidism Hypothyroidism your body functions slow down, making you gain weight and feel tired all the time.
Swallowed object Symptoms of swallowing an object include coughing, choking, vomiting, throat pain, breathing trouble, and more.
Bleeding esophageal varices Esophageal varices are caused by high blood pressure and lead to a bloody cough and black, tarry stools.
Aortic aneurysm on the chest Thoracic aortic aneurysm is the swelling of the chest aorta and can cause chest or back pain.
Esophagitis Esophagitis, an inflammation of the lining of the esophagus, causes chest pain, nausea, and more.
Barrett esophagus Barrett’s esophagus occurs when the lining of the esophagus is damaged, usually by acid reflux.
Esophageal cancer Esophageal cancer starts in the lining of the esophagus and can cause difficulty swallowing.
Tetanus Tetanus is a potentially fatal toxic infection and causes stiffness in the jaw and neck, fever, and more.
Hypothyroidism common with infants and children) Hypothyroidism in children can cause delayed growth, weight gain, a puffy face, a large tongue, and more.
Chagas disease Chagas disease is caused by a tropical parasite and can cause fever, ill feeling, and swelling around the eye.
Throat cancer Throat cancer can cause symptoms including difficulty swallowing, hoarseness, and chronic cough.
CREST syndrome CREST syndrome is a rare autoimmune disease that causes tissues to harden throughout the body.

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