If you or your child constantly suffer from infected tonsils and adenoids, you know how frustrating it can be. Painful swallowing, trouble breathing and ear pain are all recurring symptoms that indicate tonsil and/or adenoid diseases. It’s important to know that there is help available in St. Louis to relieve your discomfort.
Why We Have Tonsils and Adenoids
Think about a time when you’ve had a cold. You could probably feel the enlarged lymph nodes, or glands, in your neck as they filtered the bacteria that was trying to enter your body. Well, tonsils and adenoids play a similar role in your immune system: to trap viruses and harmful bacteria that enter through your nose and mouth. There is a tonsil – a round lump – on each side of your throat which you can see when you open your mouth. Because the adenoids are higher in the throat hidden behind the nose and soft palate, you can’t see them.
What Can Go Wrong With Tonsils and Adenoids
Even though their job is to stop infection from entering your body, tonsils and adenoids can become infected themselves. When this happens, they can become so swollen that it causes you or your child to have trouble breathing and swallowing, and even trouble sleeping.
Symptoms that indicate tonsillitis, an infection of the tonsils, include:
•A sore throat causing discomfort when swallowing
•Red tonsils, sometimes covered with a white or yellow coating
•Swollen lymph nodes in the neck
•A change in the voice due to swelling
Symptoms of enlarged tonsils and adenoids include:
•Snoring and even pauses in breathing while sleeping
•Recurrent ear infections
•Constant runny nose
Who to See For Help With Tonsil and Adenoid Problems in St. Louis
An ear, nose and throat, or ENT, doctor at Sound Health Services can examine you or your child and discuss the reasons for recurring tonsil and adenoid issues. The ENT doctor may first prescribe antibiotics to clear up bacterial infections, but sometimes when the infections keep coming back, the best option is to remove the tonsils and/or adenoids. Not only can removing them help with breathing and swallowing issues, but studies have also found that removing adenoids can sometimes help with chronic ear infections. If your ENT doctor recommends surgery, he or she will give a detailed explanation of what to expect during the entire process, from pre-surgery to recovery.
Call Sound Health Today For Relief of Tonsil and Adenoid Problems
Our doctors are extremely knowledgeable in all areas of the head and neck. Call (314) 332-1377 to see how we can help you or your child start living a more comfortable life.