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Dr. Scott Rickert
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Adenoids (Definition)

Adenoids are lymphatic tissue found in the airway behind the nose in the back of the throat. Adenoids are made up of the same type of tissue as the tonsils. Both help fight infections. However, unlike the tonsils, they cannot be seen by looking in the throat. Adenoids are found in children and begin to regress before puberty. In children, enlarged adenoids can cause obstruction of the nasal airway leading to difficulty breathing, breathing through the mouth, nasally voice, ...Read more


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Would it be a good idea for my child to get his tonsils removed at the same time he gets his adenoid removed?

Can be done if indic: I t can be done if there is indication for tonsilectomy. So it depends on the surgeon. Discuss with the surgeon. Many times there is no indication and need for tonsilectomy and tonsils are not removed. ...Read more

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I'm a singer and probably getting my tonsils removed soon. I'm wondering if I should get my adenoids removed as well?

I'm a singer and probably getting my tonsils removed soon. I'm wondering if I should get my adenoids removed as well?

Adenoids?: Your surgeon should be able to evaluate your adenoids with a nasopharyngoscope. In your age group the adenoids are not removed routinely during a tonsillectomy. ...Read more

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Can I get my tonsils and adenoids removed if I have a bad cold?

No: Most anesthesiologists will not put you to sleep if you have a really bad cold. It is safer to wait 7-10 days for the cold to resolve. ...Read more

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How long after you get your tonsils and adenoids out can you smoke weed?

Your age?: We need to know your age. Please put it in your public profile. We can't answer questions from minors < 16 years old. Knowing your country or state helps, too. Age, location, & gender, can affect our answer, as some conditions are more likely in different places or in different age groups. Be honest! You expect if of us, we expect it of you! List any meds you take & any chronic medical problems. ...Read more

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Can you get an endoscopy after you have had your tonsils and adenoids removed? If not how long do I have to wait?

Can you get an endoscopy after you have had your tonsils and adenoids removed? If not how long do I have to wait?

Yes: Having tonsils and adenoid removed should not affect being able to do an endoscopy. If was just done, probably would wait until throat healed- check with gastroenterologist for timing, . ...Read more

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Had my tonsils and adenoids removed about 2-3 years ago. Can I still get tonsillitis?

Had my tonsils and adenoids removed about 2-3 years ago. Can I still get tonsillitis?

Not usually: Tonsils and adenoids are usually removed at same time. Tonsils usually do not grow back. Adenoids not infrequently can regrow related to incomplete removal of all adenoid tissue. ...Read more

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If I have guttate psoriasis and I have flare ups when I get strep. I have no tonsils, could the be caused by my adenoids?

If I have guttate psoriasis and I have flare ups when I get strep. I have no tonsils, could the be caused by my adenoids?

Guttate psoriasis: Bacteria can still cause flares of psoriasis when tonsils have been removed. Some studies have shown tonsillectomy reduces flares, but others have not. A throat swab done by your doctor could show if you're carrying strep between episodes ...Read more

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Can I temporarily get sleep apnea if I'm sick and my tonsils/adenoids swell?

Can I temporarily get sleep apnea if I'm sick and my tonsils/adenoids swell?

YES: Yes... Due to blockage of the airway with tonsil swelling or increased nasal resistance with a cold. If it is just contributing to poor rest and fatigue during the day... No big deal... If it produces (cyanosis) - turning blue... Eval by the er is mandatory. ...Read more

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2.5 year old had his tonsil and adenoid removed yesterday due to sleep apnea. He still snores and gasps forair like before. Is this normal or will it get better?

2.5 year old had his tonsil and adenoid removed yesterday due to sleep apnea. He still snores and gasps forair like before. Is this normal or will it get better?

May get better: As he just had his surgery yesterday, there is continued swelling in his throat at this point that could lead to continued obstruction with sleep. It may get better. There also is a chance that the surgery would not solve the apnea. Only a time will tell... ...Read more

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Can I get a middle ear infection when my tonsils and adenoids are removed?

Can I get a middle ear infection when my tonsils and adenoids are removed?

Yes: Absolutely... The issue is related to your eustachian tubes - not your adenoid/tonsils (or absence). ...Read more

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Why I am still having issues with my throat 4 months after having my tonsils and adenoids taken out. Why do I get laryngitis & a sore throat so easy?

Why I am still having issues with my throat 4 months after having my tonsils and adenoids taken out. Why do I get laryngitis & a sore throat so easy?

May not be related: Please see the ENT surgeon with your complaints. The surgery may not be related to your current symptoms. But chronic laryngitis should be investigated. Could be paresis, polyps, nodules, cancer. ...Read more

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Can getting adenoids + tonsils out hurt?

Can getting adenoids + tonsils out hurt?

Definitely: This surgery is definitely painful. Discuss with your surgeon. ...Read more

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Can tonsil and adenoid problems be heriditary?

Maybe: Etiology of big tonsils and adenoids not known. Probably agenetic component because siblings tend to have big tonsils and adenoids and runs in families.Children exposed to bad viruses such as RSV, that young children getscan cause a pretty bad upper respiratory infection— are more likely later on to have bigger tonsils and adenoids. ...Read more

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When should a child have their tonsils/adenoids removed?

Tonsil/adenoids: If your child has frequent throat infections (more then 7 in one year, 5 in two years), is having sleep problems because of the tonsils and adenoids, or has other problems (like cleft palate) that might benefit from removal. Here are the guidelines for removal by the head and neck surgery group: http://www. Entnet. Org/healthinformation/upload/cpg-tonsillectomyinchildren. Pdf. ...Read more

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What hurts more? Getting your tonsils out or your adenoids?

What hurts more? Getting your tonsils out or your adenoids?

Tonsils for sure: The tonsillectomy part hurts way more than the adenoidectomy part. Sorry! ...Read more

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Question about adenoids? Do they have to come out with tonsils?

Question about adenoids? Do they have to come out with tonsils?

No, but: It all depends on the patient. Removal of adenoids can help with the airway, decrease the frequency of infections of the ear and sinus, reduce post nasal drip, help with eustachian tube dysfunction, and even improve your voice resonance. The risk of removal is very low. So most surgeons will recommend removal of the adenoids at the same time of tonsils if they are large or chronically infected. ...Read more

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My 4yr may have his adenoids/tonsils removed. What is the procedure?

My 4yr may have his adenoids/tonsils removed. What is the procedure?

Adenotonsillectomy: Adenotonsillectomy is most often done to relieve upper airway obstruction and its complication, e.g., obstructive sleep apnea. ...Read more

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What are good ways to relax before and after tonsil / adenoid surgery?

What are good ways to relax before and after tonsil / adenoid surgery?

Get the INFO: The best way is to get all the info you can about your surgery. Make sure you know what to expect, what to do before, and what to do after. Know how to get a hold of your doctor if there is a problem. This knowledge will give you that sense of calm. Otherwise, make sure you take your pain medicine every 4-6 hours as directed by your md. Even if you have to wake up from sleep to take it. ...Read more

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What can be expected for recovery for a 4 year getting tonsils/adenoids removed?

Rapid recovery: Young children post tonsillectomy should be seeing daily improvements with regards to oropharyngeal pain and generalized post surgical malaise. His surgeon will give you specifics about eating and drinking hot and cold foods but using anti inflammatory drugs like Motrin will be helpful. Full recovery is expected in weeks. Make sure you keep follow up appointments with the ent. ...Read more

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Our son had his tonsils & adenoids removed on 4-11-13, what foods could he eat today that would be safe?

Soft foods: 3-4 days post-op, he should be able to have soft foods in most cases (apple sauce, ice-cream, jello, etc.) until he has his follow-up appt. With the surgeon, who can evaluate his progress and make further recommendations to increase the diet. ...Read more

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How od you know if you have an infection in your tonsils / adenoids?

Extreme tenderness: Beneath the corners of your lower jaw bone and neck. ...Read more

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I am 42 and my doc wants my to have my tonsils and mabey adenoids out too. Should i?

Depends: Why does he want them out? Why do you want them removed? What are your complaints? What are your symptoms? Typically we remove them for symptoms of airway obstruction or recurrent infection. Rarely we remove them if we fear there may be a tumor or cancer. Before having any surgery you need to know why it's being recommended and what the benefits are to you and what the risks are. ...Read more

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Tonsil and adenoid surgery as an adult necessary?

Tonsil and adenoid surgery as an adult necessary?

Depends: There are sme indications for this surgery in adults, such as obstructive sleep apnea, but in general, if they are not casing you symptoms, leave them alone. Having yur tonsils out does not reduce the number of sore throats you get. ...Read more

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Why do I feel miserable after tonsil, adenoid surgery?

Pain and dehydration: These are two thing that can make you feel miserable. Make sure you are taking the pain medication as directed every 4-6 hours and also make sure you taking in enough liquids. Dehydration can really make you feel miserable. ...Read more

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What're the most common problems affecting the tonsils and adenoids?

Breathing/infecitons: Breathing issues due to large tonsils and adenoids are the biggest problem. Snoring/sleep disturbed breathing and obstructive sleep apnea affect many people and tonsils and adenoids can be a big part of that.
Chronic tonsil and adenoid infections can cause chronic throat infections that adversely affect a person's well-being as well. ...Read more

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