Adenoid Hyperplasia

Adenoid hyperplasia:  This is a pretty common childhood health condition, which involves an enlargement of the lymph glands that are located above the back of the child’s mouth. This is also called the nasopharynx, and is above the tonsils but hidden behind the palate in the mouth. This condition is similar to tonsillitis but is harder to see since the palate hides the lymph glands, because of this a small mirror tool is need by the Doctor to check for the condition.

Cause:  Many times adenoid hyperplasia is caused by the regular patterns of growth for the type of tissue that it is. Less often, the adenoid hyperplasia is because of constant throat infections that are caused by things such as the common cold virus or strep throat.

Symptoms:

Painful and red tonsils
Trouble swallowing
Fever
Enlargement of lymph nodes below the jaw
Breathing through the mouth rather than the nose
Excessive snoring
Frequent and lengthy battles with nasal congestion
The patient might also show signs of nocturnal respiratory insufficiency
General discomfort in the area is also common.

Treatment:

The common treatment in the past was always surgery called an Adenoidectomy, which is similar to a tonsillectomy. Medical opinions changed over the years as scientists and doctors realized that this tissue is important for the child’s immunity. Studies have shown that most children without tonsils or adenoids only produce half the immunity to the oral polio vaccine. There are many different herbal treatments and other solutions as well, such as antibiotics and a procedure called a tympanostomy, which is a surgical drainage of infections through the eardrum.

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