Adenoid Problems

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Adenoid Problems


Adenoids is lymph glands, located at the back of the nose where the air passages join those of the back of the mouth.

The lymph system is the body’s defence system against infection & the lymph glands (like the adenoids) are full of infection-fighting cells. Any infection that is breathed in is filtered through the adenoids & usually killed. However this is not always the case.

What to look for…

Adenoid-related problems produce symptoms in the ears, nose, & throat. The most common infected is children between 4 & 8 years olds'. Any of the following may be indicative of adenoid problems:

Interference of normal breathing patterns during the night, like snoring
Nasal voice
Dry throat due to breathing through the mouth - continually asking for drinks
Discharges from the nose during the day combined with a cough at night, caused by sinus drainage
Always having ear ear infections
Coughs from increased pus or discharge in back of throat; a collection of this may cause morning vomiting.
Chest infections may occur

The adenoids, play a very special role during childhood. By making antibodies, they help the youngster child's body fight respiratory tract infections.

From the time your child is three until around the age of seven, the adenoids grow so that they can give extra protection to the lungs & chest. After about the age of eight, they usually begin to disappear but when they reach puberty its usually gone.

You may have grown up in an age when removing the adenoids & tonsils was standard practice & may have undergone one of these procedures yourself. Because doctors now understand more clearly the role of the adenoids in fighting infection, the chances of your child undergoing an adenoidectomy are much more remote. It is usually limited to the most severe cases.



The primary reason for chronic adenoid problems is structural. The adenoids grow so big that they obstruct the nasal passages. But infection or irritation, perhaps caused by allergies, can also cause problems by making the adenoids swell. Usually a younger child is more exposed to infections.

Dietary Considerations

Because chronic adenoid problems give rise to other difficulties, you should consult a Health Professional for medications & diets appropriate to the condition as well as to your child. Your Pharmacist will have to monitor your child's progress & change medications if they do not bring relief in a short period of time.

When to Seek Further Professional Advice:

If left untreated, enlarged adenoids can lead to chronic sinusitis, & in severe cases, a disorder in which the child stops breathing for seconds at a time during the night.

If your child is not breathing properly at night, or you notice that your child has breathing problems or if they are breathing through their mouth & if you notice recurrent ear conditions & infections.

Alternative/Natural Treatments


Alternative therapists usually search for an allergy-related cause first. Always take your child to a specialist for evaluation & treatment. At-home care can only reduce the symptoms. Natural therapists will also seek to strengthen the immune system with a natural, whole food diet enriched with Vitamin C.
Herbal Treatments - Echinacea is believed to help fight against infections. (Get professional advice for appropriate dosages). Garlic is also often helpful as well as other herb cleavers sometimes in combination with Echinacea to fight infection & inflammation in the lymphatic system.

Homoeopathic Remedies - You should get professional advice for remedies appropriate to the condition as well as to yourself.
The following at home remedies may relieve some symptoms, but they will not clear up the underlying condition. Always seek help from a professional when your child has a chronic problem.
For children with allergies, reducing or eliminating environmental irritants can make your child more comfortable. Using a vaporiser may aid the condition
A humidifier may help a congested child.
An over-the-counter decongestant may temporarily alleviate stuffiness.

Traditional Treatment


Adenoid problems is very difficult to diagnose because the symptoms can point to any number of conditions & it is very hard to tell even by examination if enlarged adenoids are the cause.

There are three types of medicines that may help in treating adenoids

1.Decongestants - available over the counter
2.Antihistamines - available over the counter
3.Antibiotics - available only on prescription.

As a last resort if the above medications have not helped & alternative therapies have not helped the adenoids may be removed by a surgeon .
Consult your doctor before undertaking any medication for the ailment.

The information contained in this Site/Service is not intended nor is it implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice or taken for medical diagnosis or treatment

Author - Body and Mind

Published - 2013-01-17