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Info on enlarged tonsils and adenoids please? Do they both need to come out?

Info on enlarged tonsils and adenoids please? Do they both need to come out?

Possibly: These are organs which help to combat inflammation. When they are enlarged it suggests they are earning their keep by warding off disease. They seldom need to be removed unless they are interfering with other functions or creating problems. If that occurs, see your ENT doctor and ask their opinion. Good luck. ...Read more

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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Is sleep apnea due to enlarged tonsils and adenoids?

Is sleep apnea due to enlarged tonsils and adenoids?

See ENT to evaluate: Enlarged tonsils and adenoids can inhibit airflow and thereby contribute to sleep apnea.
See an ENT to evaluate these tissues as well as checking for nasal polyps and deviated septum. ...Read more

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Need doctor's help! Will infant formula allergies cause enlarged tonsils and adenoids?

Need doctor's help! Will infant formula allergies cause enlarged tonsils and adenoids?

Formula: Not likely. Typically, infant formula allergies cause abdominal symptoms, such as pain, diarrhea, etc... ...Read more

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I have a goiter as well as enlarged tonsils and adenoids. Possible sleep apnea. Can goiter play a role in sleep apnea or just soft palative tissues?

I have a goiter as well as enlarged tonsils and adenoids. Possible sleep apnea. Can goiter play a role in sleep apnea or just soft palative tissues?

Yes: Yes, obstructive sleep apnea is worsened by any factors that create blockage in the upper airway (throat). Extra tissue in a redundant ('floppy') soft palate, hypertrophied adenoids or tonsils, or even, rarely, a thyroid enlarged by goiter large enough to push the airway inward and narrow it further. ...Read more

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Is it serious to have large tonsils and slightly enlarged adenoids?

Is it serious to have large tonsils and slightly enlarged adenoids?

Not necessarily: Enlarged tonsils and adenoids in children is a common finding. Unless the tonsils and adenoids are causing more problems than they are worth (labored breathing at night is impacting the quality of sleep or there are recurrent infections) then the size is of no great consequence. A visit to an ENT doc is still recommended to fully evaluate. ...Read more

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Can large tonsils/adenoids that effect sleeping, breathing etc play a part in a developmental delay?

Can large tonsils/adenoids that effect sleeping, breathing etc play a part in a developmental delay?

Sometimes: Developmental delay is a complex and broad spectrum. Anything that affects the body unfavorably (e g severe malnutrition, obstructive sleep apnea, gross emotional neglect, etc.) may contribute. Large tonsils and adenoids can cause sleep apnea in children, often symptomatic with daytime sleepiness or hyperactivity and problems with concentration. This may be assessed with a sleep study. ...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 3 year old daughter has enlarged tonsils and adnoids. What should we do for her to avoid surgery?

My 3 year old daughter has enlarged tonsils and adnoids. What should we do for her to avoid surgery?

Just say no: There is no automatic need for surgery with large tonsils. Tonsils and adenoids grow faster than kids do until about 8 yr, then they stop ant kids continue, making them relatively smaller. If a kid has too many infections, is constantly ill, has sleep apnea as a 4 yo it does improve life and may be the best answer. There is no home remedy that will change the outcome. ...Read more

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My 3 year old daughter has enlarged tonsils and adnoids. What should we do for her to avoid surgery?

See below: Talk to the ENT surgeon. Sometimes the excess tissue of the adenoids and tonsils can be shrunk by a course of nasal steroids and/or decongestants. The ENT can help you decide if the symptoms that your daughter is experiencing needs surgery. For example, has the sleep pattern been disturbed. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can you give me suggestions with swollen tonsils/adenoids?

May need surgery: At 33 years of age, my concern with large tonsils is a sleep disorder which can be serious. How do you know that your adenoids are hypertrophic (enlarged)? At your age, usually the adenoids are atrophic (very small). See an ENT doctor to determine whether removal of tonsils is appropriate. ...Read more

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Can you give me advice with swollen tonsils/adenoids?

See your PCP or ENT: It depends on whether your tonsils/adenoids are chronically swollen or you have an acute infection. If you have a present infection, you need to go see a physician immediately whether it be your pcp, ENT or an urgent care physician. Otherwise if this is a chronic condition, then you can just make an appointment with your pcp or ENT to review this issue with them to decide on how to best help you. ...Read more

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Just had my tonsils and adenoids removed. What food am I allowed to eat?

Just had my tonsils and adenoids removed. What food am I allowed to eat?

Whatever you can: Tolerate. For first few days, swallowing will be hard. Cold liquids feel better. Popsicles are classics. Also jello. Cold ensure (even in a shake or smoothie) will be better nutrition. Then try soft puréed foods (applesauce, soups). In 5-7 days you should be able to swallow more solid food if chewed well. I tried pepperoni pizza at day 4-didn't feel very good, but got better after that. ...Read more

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I'm 37 and getting my tonsils and adenoids out. What is it like afterwards?

I'm 37 and getting my tonsils and adenoids out. What is it like afterwards?

Painful: Tonsil and adenoid surgery is usually painful but in a way that I like to call " controllable pain". Medications work well to keep the pain bearable. You will need to eat soft foods and avoid strenuous activities for up to 2 weeks. Some techniques to remove the tonsils work better that others. Coblation and microdebrider tonsillectomy seems to cause less pain. I don't like cautery tonsillectomy. ...Read more

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Which type of specialist would I need to see for my tonsils and adenoids?

ENT doctor: See an ENT physician. They will be listed under otolaryngologist in the yellow pages. Or speak to your doctor, friends, family, or colleagues for recommendations. ...Read more

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Is there any way I can make my tongue swelling go down? I just had tonsils and adenoids taken out yesterday, I literally can't eat anything b/c tongue

Popisicles: Most important is to remain hydrated. Sucking on ice cubes or popsicles can help keep you hydrated and help swelling and pain. Try crushed ice or soft sorbet, ice cream, frozen yogurt. Buy real fruit products and steer clear of any that irritate (citrus) or freeze juice in ice trays and crush using a blender. Use adult dose of children's liquid Ibuprofen for inflammation and pain 4x/day. ...Read more

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My son had his tonsils and adenoids removed. I notice that both his checks appear red and hot and also one side of his neck Could this be an infection?

My son had his tonsils and adenoids removed. I notice that both his checks appear red and hot and also one side of his neck Could this be an infection?

Could be, but: That might not be related to tonsils or adenoids being taken out, better take him to his doctor for assessment, or to the ENT specialist if the surgery was just performed ...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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What kind of specialist would I see for my tonsils and adenoids?

What kind of specialist would I see for my tonsils and adenoids?

ENT: An otolaryngology - head and neck surgeon (aka ENT for ear, nose, and throat) would be more than capable to take care of your tonsils and adenoid problem. ...Read more

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Why would my five year old need to have his tonsils and adenoids removed?

Infections/apnea: Most " t&a"s are done for either sleep apnea or recurrent infections. ...Read more

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Is it okay to go to six flags after getting tonsils and adenoids removed?

Is it okay to go to six flags after getting tonsils and adenoids removed?

Tonsillectomy Rest: After tonsillectomy, most individuals experience a severe sore throat for five - ten days. Activity should be limited to decrease the risk of bleeding for ten - fourteen days. If you can go to "six flags" and take it easy - no running, no heaving lifting, and keep your heart rate below 90 beat per minute -- have at it. Otherwise, rest for two weeks. ...Read more

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Will taking out my tonsils and adenoids help my allergies?

Not likely: Indications for tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy are usually for recurrent infections or obstruction (ents please feel free to expand). Treatment for allergies is directed at avoidance measures (as practical), medications and allergy injections. ...Read more

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My son breath smells awful after tonsils and adenoids?

My son breath smells awful after tonsils and adenoids?

Tonsillectomy heals: It is very common for the breath to smell foul while recovering after tonsillectomy. The odor should resolve once the throat has healed. Discuss it with your surgeon if symptoms are excessive, prolonged or concerning. ...Read more

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My daughter is 15 and had her tonsils and adenoids removed 4 days ago. Now her neck and cheeks are swollen and painful.

My daughter is 15 and had her tonsils and adenoids removed 4 days ago. Now her neck and cheeks are swollen and painful.

Assessment: With a history of recent surgery and not improving by day 4; she should be seen for complications. Notify her surgeon or go to the ER for assessment. All the best. ...Read more

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I just had my tonsils and adenoids removed it's been about 3-4 weeks and now I have a small yellow growth near the surgical sight what could this be?

I think: You may be noticing a SUTURE (STITCH) which will dissolve with time! If no other symptoms ignore it! If it does not get smaller in a few weeks. Get the area inspected by your PCP (Primary Care Provider)

Hope this helps!

Dr Z ...Read more

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What are the consequences if there are no tonsils or adenoids? A friend of mine visited an immunologist with her son, and she was told he was born without tonsils and adenoids. What kinds of things can happen to him?

What are the consequences if there are no tonsils or adenoids? A friend of mine visited an immunologist with her son, and she was told he was born without tonsils and adenoids. What kinds of things can happen to him?

Tonsils: Tonsils are part of the lymph system of the body, part of the immune system. If they get large enough to block breathing, they need to be removed. The tonsils grow until puberty, then begin to shrink in the following years. While infection of the tonsils is most common in childhood, they may still need to be removed in adulthood if they are large enough to obstruct the ability to breathe. If you are born without them, there are probably few consequences but it may mean that lymphatic tissue elsewhere is missing as well. ...Read more

Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


Dr. Robert Knox
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Enlarged Tonsils (Definition)

This is a complex question. We grade tonsil size by how large they are with respect to the tonsillar pillars. 1+ is small and in the fossa, 2+ is no larger than the fossa but to the fossas, 3 + larger than the fossa or pillars, 4+ touching each other. As we get older the tonsils should recede and get smaller. Enlarged tonsils decrease the size of ...Read more