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Health Advice: Adenoids


Swollen adenoids can block the nose 

Since adenoids are constantly in the path of germs (micro-organisms), infections are common. Infections commonly cause swollen or blocked adenoids, which can reduce the airflow through the nose. In adults, both tonsils and adenoids shrink. However, they can all swell up again with infections. 

Symptoms of infected adenoids include:

Complications of infected adenoids


Infections of the adenoids can cause a variety of complications, including:

Treatment options 

What is done to treat infected adenoids depends on whether the child is ill or not, and what other effects the infected adenoids are causing. For example, if a child has a middle ear infection or sinusitis, and the adenoids are swollen, treatment will be aimed at reducing the pain in the ears. Antibiotics will often be used. If these treatments improve the health of the ear or the sinuses, they will usually help get rid of the infection in the adenoids as well.. Your doctor may recommend having the adenoids removed by operating if:


Surgery to remove the adenoids is called adenoidectomy. It is done under general anaesthetic. Often, the tonsils are removed at the same time, since recurring infections tend to affect both the adenoids and tonsils. 

Post-operative complications 

Complications from adenoidectomy may include vomiting, difficulties with swallowing, pain and bleeding

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