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are there environmental reasons why children have enlarged adenoids?

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Dr. Martin Fried
General Practice 36 years experience
Yes: Adenoids are lymph nodes, they drain infections. Many infections are airborne. There are winter viruses and summer viruses, that you get just from someone sneezing near you or just from airborne droplets. The adenoids are acting to clean the body of these infections.
Dr. Cornelia Franz
Specializes in Pediatrics
Possibly: Enlarged adenoids can be a result of allergies or in general- the immune system working hard. Adenoids are grape like clusters that have immune function so if they are challenged a lot they will hypertrophy. So indirectly environmental things tat a person is allergic to may create allergic immune response and enlargement ogf the adenoids.

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