Tonsils are lymph-like soft tissue located on both sides of the back of the throat and Adenoids are soft tissue behind the nose.
Symptoms of Tonsils & Adenoid Problems
Tonsils and Adenoids can cause health problems when they become infected or obstruct normal breathing or nasal/sinus drainage. Recurring infections in the Tonsils can lead to Chronic Tonsillitis. Symptoms include:
- Persistent Sore Throat
- Redness of the Tonsil area
- Yellow discharge on the Tonsils
- Tender lymph nodes on both sides of the neck
In addition to blocking the throat, enlarged Tonsils may interfere with normal breathing, nasal sinus drainage, sleeping, swallowing and speaking. They may also aggravate snoring and can even cause an alarming condition called Sleep Apnea, which involves an occasional stoppage of breathing.
Treatment of Tonsils & Adenoid Problems
Depending on symptoms and the frequency of infections, Tonsils and Adenoids are typically treated with antibiotics or removed surgically in a procedure called a Tonsillectomy/Adenoidectomy.