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Doctor insights on: Child Behavior Linked With Enlarged Tonsils

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Dr. Robert Knox
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Enlarged Tonsils (Definition)

Enlarged tonsils are a clinical finding in which the tonsils, which are areas of tissue near the throat, are larger than in a normal, healthy person. This can ...Read more


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Can a child's enlarged tonsils contribute to cough variant asthma/general allergies?

Can a child's enlarged tonsils contribute to cough variant asthma/general allergies?

Probably yes: A child who has big tonsils in the throat and big adenoids, with bad allergy symptoms, likely coughs on and off, has trouble breathing through the nose, and at night has trouble sleeping due to snoring. Taking the tonsils and adenoids out, along with using steroid nasal sprays in the nose, may make his life a great deal smoother (sleeps better, coughs less, breathes easier through the nose). ...Read more

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Can enlarged tonsils in a child contribute or worsen cough-variant asthma or general allergies?

Can enlarged tonsils in a child contribute or worsen cough-variant asthma or general allergies?

Yes: Allergic rhinitis & enlarged tonsils may interfere with normal nasal breathing resulting in congestion (nasal stuffiness) & mouth breathing. Complications include snoring, hoarseness, bad breath, sleep apnea, sleep disturbances, malocclusion of the teeth, and other anatomic distortions of the mouth. Mouth breathing worsens asthma because of inhalation of relatively cold, dryer air into the lungs. ...Read more

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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

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

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. ...Read more

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My child has bright red checks with no fever,he's been stuffy and he snores at night along with large tonsils. Thanks,Georgina ?

My child has bright red checks with no fever,he's been stuffy and he snores at night along with large tonsils.
Thanks,Georgina ?

If symptoms are new,: I recommend getting further evaluation for infection, especially strep throat which can cause facial flushing. On the other hands, kids who are mouth breathers due to large tonsils and adenoids will often drool at night and the saliva may cause cheeks to become chafed and appear reddened. Protective ointment such as vaseline should help. ...Read more

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Is constant nasal congestion and large tonsils a reason to have a t&a in a 4 year old autistic child?

Is constant nasal congestion and large tonsils a reason to have a t&a in a 4 year old autistic child?

Nasal congestion : Nasal congestion in a 4-year old is most commonly caused by only a couple of things. By far the most common is adenoids being enlarged. The second is that the turbinates are too big. Large tonsils by themselves usually don't cause the nose to be plugged up. Often, though, when the tonsils are large, so are the adenoids. Nasal congestion alone would not be sufficient for t&a, so see an ent. ...Read more

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What is enlarged tonsils?

What is enlarged tonsils?

Secretory IgA: Dr. Balagun is almost perfectly correct. I know this is immunological trivia but nevertheless, let's be absolutely accurate. Secretory IgA is not synthesized by the palatine tonsils because the latter are covered with squamous epithelium (modified skin) and thus does not synthesize secretory component. However, the adenoid (tonsil in the back of the nose) does because the surface does produce sc. ...Read more

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Symptons of enlarged tonsils?

Big Tonsils: Enlarged tonsils may cause voice changes and blockage of airflow during sleep. Most of the time, the swelling goes down after an infection. If just one of your tonsils is enlarged, go see your doctor. Unless there are other problems, generally no treatment is necessary for enlarged tonsils. Not sure? Go see an ent. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of enlarged tonsils?

Sxs enlarged tonsils: Enlarged tonsils may not cause symptoms. Tonsil enlargement may cause difficulty swallowing or breathing, snoring or obstructive sleep apnea. Sore throat is also a possible symptom. ...Read more

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