Understanding Adenoids and the Issues They May Present
- Posted on: Aug 15 2019
Patients are often familiar with the removal of the tonsils, but did you know that tonsil removal is often performed at the same time as adenoid removal? The adenoids are well-known for causing a variety of problems for children, which is why they are often surgical removed at the same time as tonsils.
What are adenoids and what is their purpose?
Adenoids are actually part of the body’s natural lymphatic system, which is a network of organs and tissues that are responsible for the production of white blood cells. This includes the lymph nodes, tonsils, bone marrow, and spleen. White blood cells fight infections and disease and are important for a healthy body. The adenoids, which are located behind the nose as part of the nasopharynx can become enlarged due to germ entrapment. The adenoids may swell and remain swollen long after infections are treated. This can make it difficult for children to breathe properly through their nose. This can contribute to increased ear infections caused by fluid buildup and may make I difficult to sleep due to nasal stuffiness.
Why should adenoids be removed?
Adenoids aren’t always removed with tonsils. This depends on the patient’s specific issue. If the symptoms are mild and can be controlled with a round of antibiotics or nasal sprays to reduce swelling, they are often left in place. However, if children are dealing with chronic swelling of the adenoids that lead to recurring problems such as ear infections, they may have them removed along with tonsils. Sometimes, adenoids are removed when ear tubes are placed. Doctors will discuss with parents the point at which the adenoids may be removed for better health and reduced medical problems for children.
Request an appointment at The ENT and Allergy Centers of Texas
Our team of professionals are here to provide information for patients in and around the areas of McKinney, Allen, Plano, and Celina, TX in regard to their health and wellness. With decades of combined experience, our doctors can educate individuals on the adenoids and tonsils and when removal is recommended. Our front office team can schedule an appointment for you or your child when you call the primary number at (972) 984-1050.
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