Children find it difficult to explain what they are going through, their knowledge and vocabulary are many times restricted to just expressions and gestures. But certain symptoms are indicative of specific conditions which parents should be able to guess so that they can act on it before aggravation of the condition.
While soreness in the throat is indicative of throat infection or tonsillitis, which are common and easy to identify, what you might not have heard of is adenoiditis. As much as it sounds similar to tonsillitis, it is similar in symptoms too. Hence, so that you don’t confuse one for the other, read on to know what enlarged adenoids feel like.
What are adenoids?
Glands on the roof of your child’s mouth, behind their soft palate, where their nose connects to the throat, are adenoids. Adenoids are basically pharyngeal tonsils, that produce antibodies, or white blood cells that help fight infections. Like the function of tonsils, adenoids too help in keeping your little one’s body healthy by trapping harmful bacteria and viruses that they breathe in or swallow.
Unlike tonsils, adenoids cannot be seen, they start shrinking and may disappear by adulthood.
What are enlarged adenoids?
As mentioned earlier, adenoids cannot be seen, but when the adenoid tissue temporarily swells sometimes, as it tries to fight off an infection, it can be seen when you open your mouth wide and that is known as an enlarged adenoid. The swelling sometimes gets better by itself, but sometimes can get infected and inflamed. If the adenoids get infected a lot, your child might need medical intervention.
What are the symptoms of Enlarged Adenoids?
The symptoms often associated with enlarged adenoids that you can observe in your child are,
- Visible adenoids
- Not being able to breathe with the nose
- Breathing through the mouth
- Talking as though their nostrils are pinched
- Noisy breathing
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Frequent sinusitis symptoms
- Ongoing middle ear infections or middle ear fluid in your child
What are the treatments for enlarged adenoids?
- Steam inhalation can help reduce swelling.
- Antibiotics can be prescribed to reduce the swelling.
- Nasal steroids sprayed into the nose might help to reduce swelling.
- When all of the above fail and your child is continuously suffering because of it, it might be recommended to remove the adenoids along with the tonsils.
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