Tonsils and Adenoids in Tuscaloosa
Both tonsils and adenoids are small lumps in the back of the throat. The tonsils and adenoids work as the body’s defense as part of the immune system. These structures “test out” different bacteria and viruses that can enter the body, but can sometimes become infected themselves.
Problems Associated with the Tonsils and Adenoids
Common problems associated with tonsils and adenoids include recurrent infections of the nose and throat, swelling or enlargement of the tonsils or adenoids, and sleep issues. Enlarged adenoids can also cause snoring, reoccurring ear infections, breathing through the mouth, restless sleep, or a chronic runny nose. Sometimes, antibiotics can remedy any issues that occur. However, in some cases, abscesses, infections, or chronic tonsillitis may occur, in which the tonsils or adenoids should be removed. Children struggling with these symptoms may need pediatric tonsil and adenoid treatment.
Symptoms associated with tonsil and adenoid problems include:
- Sore throat
- Difficulty or painful swallowing
- Scratchy voice
- Bad breath
- Chills or fever
- Red or swollen tonsils
- Tonsils with white or yellow spots
- Tender lymph nodes in the neck
Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy
Tonsils and adenoids are commonly removed when they become swollen or enlarged and cause breathing difficulties. Recurrent tonsil infections or strep throat that cannot effectively with antibiotics are also signs that surgery may be needed. In some cases, both surgeries can be performed at the same time.
Tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy are both outpatient surgical procedures that are performed under general anesthesia. It commonly only takes about a week to recovery from surgery. During recovery, a soft diet may be required, and activity can be resumed when pain medication is no longer needed.
A consultation and examination with one of our Tuscaloosa ENT physicians are needed to determine if you are experiencing symptoms associated with tonsil or adenoid problems. Contact our office today to take your first step towards symptom relief.