The tonsils are round pieces of tissue located in the back of the mouth on each side of the throat, which help fight infections by producing antibodies. The adenoids are located in the space above the soft roof of the mouth and also help fight infections. If your child has tonsillitis they may have symptoms such as:
• Sore throat
• Decreased appetite
• Painful swallowing
• Redness or drainage in the throat
If your child is suffering from enlarged adenoids, you may notice that they are breathing through the mouth, snoring or have noisy breathing. Tonsillitis can often be taken care of with an antibiotic, however, frequent tonsillitis, strep throat or abscesses around the tonsils could mean the need for removal. Enlarged adenoids can also affect your child’s health and daily routine. If your child is experiencing snoring at night, reoccurring ear infections, chronic runny nose, breathing through the mouth instead of the nose, or restlessness during sleep, he or she may be experiencing enlarged adenoids.
If your child is experiencing any of the health issues listed above, contact us at Alabama Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists today to schedule an appointment. Your doctor will do a physical exam, as well as ask about your family history so that the proper treatment can be determined. For more information, visit our blog.