The adenoid is a lymph node; it is a lump of tissue located in the back of the nose above the tonsils. It is not something a parent can easily see to detect if there is a problem. For a quick peek, the doctor will look through your child’s mouth using a mirror, for further inspection, he/she may elect to view it with a flexible camera in the nose or with an x-ray.
Adenoiditis is when the adenoid tissue becomes infected and enlarged, which can last for several weeks or months. Your child may suffer from runny or stuffy nose, post-nasal drip, headache, cough, snoring, ear infections, open mouth breathing and/or affect their speech.
Adenoiditis is usually successfully treated with antibiotics, if however, the antibiotics fail to get rid of the infection, it may be recommended to remove the adenoid tissue. Although, in many children, even though adenoids become enlarged in childhood, they usually shrink as they age and often disappear once puberty hits.
So, seek the advice of your ear nose and throat specialist to discuss the best method of treatment whether or not adenoid removal should be considered.
Call Dr. Theodore H. Gaylor, Cedar Crest Ear, Nose, and Throat Services, your local ENT doctor today at 610-770-9797 to make an appointment. Our trained staff performs testing and diagnosis in a comfortable environment.
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