What is Adenoid Enlargement


Adenoids are glands that sit above the roof of the mouth and the tonsils. They are part of the immune system. These glands help trap germs that enter the nose or the mouth, in an effort to prevent infections. If there is no enlargement of the adenoid glands then growth of the child is very good according to his/her age. The symptoms of adenoid enlargement may vary from person to person.

The size of the adenoids increases until a child is 6 years old, then they slowly shrink. The adenoids usually disappear by the time a person is 16. But in cases where the child has poor immunity, the glands do not shrink. The enlarged adenoids are a house of recurrent infections causing frequent illness and poor growth patterns.


People cannot see the adenoids by looking into the mouth, so it is not possible to tell if they are enlarged by sight.

Another diagnostic procedure is X-ray in which enlarged adenoids are clearly visualized.

The signs and symptoms of enlarged adenoids include:

  • Snoring with pauses in breathing during sleep
  • Strained or noisy breathing
  • Restless sleep
  • Breathing more through the mouth than the nose
  • Bad breath or dry, cracked lips resulting from mouth breathing
  • Difficulty swallowing a nasal-sounding speaking voice
  • Persistent runny nose
  • Frequent ear infections and fever
  • Frequent colds and cough
  • Swollen glands in the neck
  • Sleeping in an unusual position
  • Poor growth

Treatment in other sciences.

The doctor may prescribe antibiotics when a bacterial infection is responsible for the enlargement.

A prescription steroid nasal spray may be able to decrease the size of the adenoids.

But in cases where enlargement of adenoids is moderate to severe, surgical removal of adenoids is recommended.

Homeopathy for Adenoid Enlargement

  • Homeopathy has an excellent track record in Treatment For Adenoids and helps to prevent impending surgery usually performed in these cases.
  • Moreover, it also helps in preventing relapse of the condition.
  • The patient starts improving within the very two weeks of start of homeopathic medicines.
  • Children under homeopathic treatment rarely gets an acute attack of illness during the course of treatment, as with every dose the patient is improving. And so is the improvement in immunity.
  • X-ray is repeated after 3 months of treatment, which usually shows remarkable improvement.
  • Complete cure is possible with homeopathy.

Few tips for prevention of enlarged Adenoids

  • Avoid  Certain foods like citrus fruits, chilled or sour fruits, cold  foods, cold drinks.
  • Eating healthy foods and drinking plenty of water can keep the immune system functioning well and help reduce the risk of enlarged adenoids.
  • Good hygiene can help prevent infections.
  • Getting enough sound sleep is another helpful method for prevention.

Caution : However, the medication must always be taken under the supervision of a qualified practitioner. 

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