The adenoids are glands similar to the tonsils and located right above them i.e. just sitting behind the nose over the roof of the mouth. Swollen adenoids are popularly observed in children and can become swollen due to an infection or may be swollen from birth. When swollen or enlarged they can generate snoring and breathing problems. Moreover, they are the part of immune system capable of preventing and fighting infection in your body.
Their role is to create antibodies so that the body could efficiently fight off infections. During the early age, adenoids help infants from infection by catching bacteria and viruses that try to enter the body through the nose.
What are the symptoms of enlarged adenoids?
Swollen adenoids can show a number of signs, including:
- Hindered, stuffy nose
- Ear dilemmas
- Difficulties while sleeping
- Painful throat
- Trouble swallowing
- Enlarged glands in the neck
- Breathing problems
How are swollen adenoids diagnosed?
The doctor will initially examine the symptoms of the child which he is experiencing. To get clarity on the subject he may use endoscope to view the adenoids and depending on what the doctor spots, the child may be asked to go for a blood test to check for infection. In some instances, an X-ray exam of the throat may be necessary.