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    Old 05-17-2005, 03:24 PM   #1
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    Teenager's snoring

    My 15 year old has been snoring for several years and it seems to have gotten worse and worse. He also wakes up occasionally with a stuffy nose. Now he is complaining of constant fatigue.

    My first tought was sleep apnea. Should he see a ENT first to rule out obstruction or ask primary doctor to refer him for a sleep study?

    Thanks for help

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    Old 05-18-2005, 01:49 AM   #2
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    Re: Teenager's snoring

    From my experience, normally you have to go to your family doctor first so they can refer you to the appropriate specialist (s).

    The stuffy nose could be allergies, so your son would need a referral to an allergist for an allergy test. I used to get a stuffy nose at night and in the morning, it turned out to be a dustmite allergy which is very common.

    Old 05-18-2005, 05:05 AM   #3
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    Re: Teenager's snoring

    Hello Stevie
    My primary doctor had referred me to have a sleep study. Also I do believe that an ENT would also send your son for a sleep study if he/she thinks their may be a possibility that your son has sleep apnea. My son had started snoring very badly when he was about 5 years old. He also had a problem with chronic soar throats such as strept. I brought him to an ENT. I was then instructed to record him while he slept. After the doctor had listened to the tape and reviewed his history of soar throats, he thought that it would be best for him to have a T&A (tonsil & Adnoid removal). Since he had that surgery he has never snored again. But I have also heard that the older the patient for this surgery, the more painful it may be. But I do think that it would be appropriate to take you son to his primary doctor and see what he suggest. I do wish you both the very best.

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    Old 05-21-2005, 01:59 PM   #4
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    Re: Teenager's snoring

    to stevie
    taperecord his snoring for doc to listen to, there dont need to be any long gaps without breathing for there to be sleep apnea

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