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Enlarged Adenoids

Treatment can Help Adults and Children Breathe and Sleep Better

Adenoids are tissue located in the back of the throat that act as a preventative measure against viral and bacterial infections by catching bacteria and germs that enter the body through the mouth. Adenoids will typically swell after intercepting an infection, and they will return to a normal size when the infection has left the body. Sometimes, however, the adenoids may remain enlarged and inflamed for a prolonged period of time after the infection is gone.

The adenoids are much larger in young children than adults as they play a more substantial role in preventing significant infection in infants and young children. They will typically begin to shrink in children age five or six years, and the adenoids will typically be unnoticeable by the time people reach adolescence. This condition is most commonly seen in children, but there are cases in which adults suffer from enlarged adenoids, and surgical intervention may be the best treatment option for both adult and pediatric patients. The surgeons and support staff at miVIP are trained in the latest diagnostic and surgical techniques for adenoid removal procedure.

Sleep Disorders are More Common Than You Might Realize

It is estimated that more than 50 million Americans suffer from some type of sleep disorder. Yet, as many as 10 million have not been diagnosed. The underlying cause could be any number of things, including but not limited to enlarged adenoids.

Common Causes of Enlarged Adenoids

There are three primary reasons people suffer from the condition:

  • Infections
  • Allergies
  • Genetics

The most common cause of the condition in children is infection. Typically, the adenoids will swell after intercepting a viral or bacterial infection and return to a normal size after the infection is gone. In some cases, the swollen tissue does not return to a normal size after fighting off infection. The inflamed tissue can partially block the airway and impair normal breathing. Many children can experience a higher quality of living after undergoing an adenoid removal procedure.

Common Symptoms

Symptoms for atypically large adenoids are often similar to symptoms seen in chronic cold or chronic sore throat. They may include the following:

  • Persistent runny nose and nasal congestion
  • Frequent ear infections or earaches
  • Difficulty sleeping, snoring, or irregular breathing during sleep
  • Swollen glands on the neck
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Dry mouth and chapped lips
  • Chronic bad breath

Best Diagnostic Procedures and Treatment Options

The best treatment for enlarged adenoids will vary between individual patients. First, it is imperative that the best diagnosis tools are used as the symptoms this condition may be similar to symptoms for other conditions. Common diagnostic procedures include physical examinations, x-rays, and sleep studies.

Minor infections may successfully be treated with a series of antibiotics. However, more severe infections and inflammation may require an adenoidectomy or Adenoid Removal procedure. Removal of the adenoids can be a highly effective option for patients that experience chronic breathing impairments due to atypically large adenoids.

Prognosis

It is important to correctly diagnose the condition as early as possible. In most cases, successful adenoid removal procedure will alleviate almost all patient symptoms within a few weeks after the procedure.

Contact Us Today

Call the experts at miVIP at 877-956-2263 to learn more about effective surgical interventions for enlarged adenoids that impair normal breathing in adult and pediatric patients.

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