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When to Seek Medical Care for Snoring
If you or someone close to you is not sleeping well because of snoring or sleep apnea, visiting your doctor may be helpful. This should be by appointment, because these are not emergency cases and sometimes extra time is scheduled for the evaluation.
A doctor's visit may be particularly important if you are doing any of the following:
How is the cause of snoring diagnosed?
A doctor will complete a general physical examination, paying particular attention to your nose and throat.
What is the treatment for snoring?
Treatment for snoring can be as simple as changing sleeping positions or losing a few pounds. Other cases may require treatment for sleep apnea such as continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) or even surgery. Sometimes, a doctor may prescribe an inhaled steroid if snoring is traced to swelling of the nasal lining.
What home remedies help stop or cure snoring?
Many remedies are available over-the-counter in drug stores, but most do not help correct snoring or sleep apnea.
What is the medical treatment for snoring?
For mild forms of snoring caused by swelling of the lining of your nose, a doctor may prescribe an inhaled steroid preparation.
For more severe forms of sleep apnea, surgical procedures or continuous positive airway pressure may be tried:
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/1/2016
Kathryn L Shanks, MD
G Richard Braen, MD, FACEP
Steven C Gabaeff, MD, FAAEM
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Thomas Rebbecchi, MD, FAAEM
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