Adenoids

Monday, January 30, 2017

The adenoids are lymph tissues that sit in your upper airway between your nose and the back of your throat. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about adenoids in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

The adenoids are glands located in the roof of the mouth, behind the soft palate where the nose connects to the throat. They are similar to the tonsils.

The adenoids produce antibodies that help fight infections. Typically, the adenoids shrink during adolescence and may disappear by adulthood.

Infections can cause the adenoids to become swollen. The adenoids may stay enlarged even when you are not sick.

Children with enlarged adenoids often breathe through the mouth because the nose is blocked. Mouth breathing occurs mostly at night, but may be present during the day. Enlarged adenoids may also cause sleep problems.

The adenoids cannot be seen by looking in the mouth directly. Your health care provider can see them by using a special mirror in the mouth or by inserting an endoscope through the nose.

Your health care provider may prescribe antibiotics or nasal steroid sprays if an infection of the adenoids develops.

Surgery to remove the adenoids may be done if symptoms are severe or persistent.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.