Tonsils are the two round lumps located in the back of the throat on each side and adenoids are located way up in the throat behind the nose and roof of the mouth. Adenoids are not visible to the eye and must be seen through the mouth or nose with a specific instrument. The most common problems associated with the tonsils and adenoids are reoccurring infections and enlargement that may causes obstruction of breathing and swallowing.
Frequent tonsillitis, strep throat, or abscesses around the tonsils could indicate they need to be removed. Symptoms will include swelling of the tonsils, a white or yellow coating on the tonsils, discomfort to swallow, swollen lymph nodes on the neck, fever or bad breath. Enlarged adenoids can also affect your health. If you are experiencing snoring at night, reoccurring ear infections, chronic runny nose, breathing through the mouth instead of the nose, or restlessness during sleep, you may be experiencing enlarged adenoids.
To treat cases of tonsillitis, strep throat and enlarged adenoids, you may only need an antibiotic prescribed from Alabama Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists. If problems become frequent and interfere with daily life, you may need them removed. To determine which treatment is best for you, call Alabama Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists to schedule an appointment in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. For more information, visit our blog.