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If you've these health issues, your tonsils might be the reason

By:Meenakshi Chaudhary, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Jan 23, 2017
The tonsils are two small pieces of soft tissues that are located on either side of the back of the mouth. You may know that they are part of the body’s immune system and help protect the body against infections, especially germs present in the air or food. But would you be able to recognise if they were giving you troubles? Yes, your tonsils can be blamed for several of your health issues. Here's what you need to know about your tonsils and the problems they might cause.
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    Is your snoring problem ruining your relationship or your sleep? Your tonsils might be to blame! According to the American Academy of Otolaryngology, enlarged tonsils can be a cause for snoring. When your tonsils are enlarged due to recurrent infections or congenital condition, the size interferes with the air passage which can lead to snoring. In case of severe condition, removal of tonsils may be recommended. Image source : Shutterstock

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    In severe cases, these enlarged tonsils can even block air passages resulting in sleep apnea. When there are breaks in your breathing during the night, your brain is less likely to get enough oxygen. Low levels of oxygen widen your blood vessels, causing vascular headaches. Image source : Shutterstock

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    Discomfort while swallowing

    While the small tonsil stones do not cause any trouble or discomfort, the larger ones can make swallowing painful. Therefore, if you are experiencing discomfort while swallowing even though you don’t have allergies or a virus like strep throat, the reason behind that discomfort could be your tonsils. Image source : Shutterstock

    Discomfort while swallowing
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    Bad breath

    We all know the primary cause of bad breath is oral hygiene, but did you know your tonsil stones can also be responsible for  giving you that bad breath. The tonsils are filled with nooks and crannies where dead cells and bacteria get clogged resulting in a foul breath. Image source : Shutterstock

    Bad breath
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    Sinus infection

    Enlarged tonsils can also lead to recurring sinus and ear infections. Apart from bacterial and viral infections, gastroesophageal reflux and other irritants can cause your tonsils to enlarge and contribute to sinus infections. Image source : Shutterstock

    Sinus infection
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