A 8-year-old male asked:
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will removing enlarged tonsils help 2 cure mouth breathing?adenoids have been removed, but the child still can't breathe or eat with their mouth closed

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Dr. Sunil Mehra
43 years experience Pulmonology
It will: Ifonly if kid has recurrent tonsillitis and requires antibiotics more than 4 times a year, it might be advisable to get them removed not just for mouth breathing.
Answered on Feb 18, 2015
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Dr. John Chastain
18 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Probably not: Tonsils definitely play into breathing issues (e g sleep apnea), but they should not cause nasal blockage. Depending on when adenoids were removed, they may have regrown (occurs much more commonly than tonsil regrowth). This can be evaluated by x-ray. Otherwise, an ENT may treat and evaluate for allergy / sinus issues (e g trial of steroid nasal spray) or do surgery to shrink the nasal turbinates.
Answered on Sep 10, 2014
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