Adenoids are a part of the immune system and are a small mass of soft tissue behind the nasal cavity. The adenoids produce antibodies (white blood cells) that help fight infections.
Inflammation of the adenoids, often due to invasion of foreign bodies like bacteria or viruses causes infection. The reasons and causes for the inflammation of adenoids are however unclear.
Who are prone to Adenoids?
All individuals have adenoids at birth and continue throughout childhood. But, they start to shrink as we enter adolescence and as we reach adulthood, adenoids disappear in majority.
However, children between ages of 2-12 years are more prone to inflammation of adenoids.
Large or swollen adenoids cause a condition called adenoiditis which block the airways and result in the following difficulties:
- Frequent ear infections.
- Sore throat.
- Difficulty swallowing.
- Difficulty breathing through the nose.
- Habitual mouth breathing.
- Obstructive sleep apnea, which involves periodic lapses in breathing during sleep.
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