What Are the Adenoids and Why Might They Be Removed?
- Posted on: Feb 14 2020
Most of us don’t think about breathing until we struggle to do so. When children or adults have difficulties breathing, including chronic snoring and obstructed airways, they may want to work with the team at The ENT and Allergy Centers of Texas to get a proper diagnosis of their condition and seek effective treatment. In some cases, the adenoids, which are located behind the nose and the upper portion of the mouth, may become inflamed, enlarged, or painful. If patients deal with continued issues with the size of their adenoids and recurring infections, they may consider their removal.
What are the adenoids?
Adenoids are glands that are responsible for catching germs in the nasal area before the patient contracts an illness. However, some patients may experience swelling of the adenoids while they fight off viruses and bacteria. This swelling can make it difficult for individuals to breathe and sleep, and patients may experience soreness and pain from these glands. Some patients experience a blockage of the eustachian tube, which helps in draining fluid from the middle of the ear. A blockage of the eustachian tube can cause fluid buildup in the ear. Some patients with this problem may experience recurring ear infections and even temporary hearing loss. When the adenoids become problematic for a patient, they may need to work with an ENT doctor to determine if removal is necessary.
When should adenoids be removed?
There is no specific guidelines when it comes to the removal of the adenoids. These glands are their largest in the earlier years, then begin to shrink as patients reach adulthood. The removal of adenoids is called an adenoidectomy and is a routine procedure often recommended for children who have repeated issues with blockages, ear infections, and pain.
Are you interested in learning more about the adenoids and discuss possible removal?
If you reside in the areas of Plano, Celina, McKinney, or Allen, TX and are interested in learning more about adenoids and adenoid removal, contact The ENT and Allergy Centers of Texas today. We have several locations available to you for the diagnosis and treatment of conditions that impact the ear, nose, and throat. The primary office number is (972) 984-1050.
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