Adenoids are small tissues located at the back of the throat. They are similar to the tonsils, and are located right above them. Your tonsils can be seen if you look at the back of your throat, but the adenoids aren’t directly visible. Both adenoids and tonsils are part of the immune system, which helps to prevent and fight infection in your body.
Adenoids are present at birth. They grow until a child is between the ages of 3 and 5. Normally, they begin to shrink after around age 7. They shrink considerably in adulthood.
They’re located in the passage that connects the back of the nasal cavity to the throat. They produce antibodies to help your body fight off infections. They also help control bacteria and viruses that can enter through your nose. During the early years, adenoids help protect infants from infection. They trap bacteria and viruses when they enter the body.
Adenoids that become infected usually become enlarged, but return to their normal size when the infection subsides. However, in some instances, the adenoids remain enlarged, even after the infection is gone.
Enlarged adenoids can also be caused by allergies. Some children have enlarged adenoids from birth.
Symptoms--Enlarged adenoids can cause a number of symptoms, including:
· blocked, stuffy nose
· ear problems
· problems sleeping
· sore throat
· difficulty swallowing
· swollen glands in the neck
· problems breathing through the nose
· glue ear (fluid buildup in the middle ear, which can cause hearing problems
· cracked lips and dry mouth (from breathing problems)
· sleep apnea (irregular breathing during sleep)
BARYTA CARB. 30-Baryta Carb is one of the top Homeopathic medicines for enlarged adenoids. It is also prescribed when both the tonsils and adenoids are enlarged. The child feels sensitivity to cold in extremes. The slightest exposure to cold air causes cough. Cough also appears at the slightest change in weather. Sneezing and thick yellow nasal discharge may also be seen. Pain in the throat worsens on swallowing. The mouth gives off an offensive odour. The child may be physically dull and sluggish. Offensive sweat occurs in the feet .
CALCAREA CARB 30-Calcarea Carb is another excellent medicine for enlarged adenoids with a tendency to catch cold. Calcarea Carb will be prescribed where the child is highly susceptible to cold and falls sick after every such exposure. This chronic tendency to infections results in enlarged adenoids or tonsils. Such children also tend to perspire excessively on the scalp and have a fatty, flabby constitution. He/she may also be highly irritable and obstinate. A desire for indigestible things like chalk, clay, lime is observed in such cases.Calcarea carb. child has a peculiar craving for eggs .
AGRAPHIS NUTANS 3X-- Agraphis Nutans is an almost specific remedy for enlarged adenoids provided deafness occurs due to enlarged adenoids. Child breathes through the mouth. Much clear mucus discharge.
HYDRASTIS CANADENSIS 30-Hydrastis is an excellent remedy for enlarged adenoids. There is yellow tenacious mucus from nostrils. Coryza with blockage of nose. Lymphoid hypertrophy is present.
MERCURIUS SOL 30- Merc Sol is indicated in case of an ear infection associated with enlarged adenoids. Pus-like, thick, yellow, sometimes blood tinged watery discharge from the ear is observed in such cases. The discharge may be fetid or offensive in nature. Pain in the ear may be present. Ear complaints worsen during the night. Noises like whistling sounds may be heard along with the ear infection.
MERCURIUS IODIDE 30- Merc iodide is an important remedy for all cases of enlarged adenoids. Tonsils are involved. Offensive odour from mouth. Costant inclination to swallow.
KALI SUPHURICUM 30-Kali Sulphuricum is an effective remedy for adenoids that regrow after surgery. The symptoms guiding use of Kali Sulphuricum are a blocked nose, mouth breathing and snoring. Yellow coloured nasal discharge may be observed.
AMMONIUM CARB 30-Ammonium Carb is an excellent remedy for enlarged adenoids with marked nasal blockage. The nasal obstruction is most marked at night. Mouth breathing due to a blocked nose is pronounced. Ammonium Carb is also indicated for nose bleeding, especially in the morning.
OPIUM 200- Opium is an effective remedy for snoring due to enlarged adenoids. There is deep snoring with rattling, stertorous breathing. Frequent momentary pauses in breathing while sleeping may be noted.
CHINA OFFICINALIS 30- China Officinalis is prescribed when there is heavy snoring with moaning and whining in sleep. The child has disturbed sleep and wakes up unrefreshed in the morning. He feels sleepy and excessively drowsy during the day.
CISTUS CANADENSIS 30-Cistus can. Is effective for scrofulous or arthritic persons who have enlarged tonsils. There is a sensation of heat and dryness in the throat.Head drawn to one side by swelling in neck. Cistus patients drinks frequently. Feels better after eating.It is suited to dark eyed dark haired children.
BROMINE 30-Bromine is an excellent remedy for all complaints after the surgical removal of adenoids.
TUBERCULINUM 200 AND PSORINUM 200—These two remedies are used as intercurrent remedies. They are also prescribed when most of the well selected remedies fail to show the result. Tuberculinum and Psorinum are very effective Homeopathic medicines to help build a child’s immunity so he does not catch infections repeatedly. Such children are very sensitive to weather changes susceptible to infections. They frequently suffer from sore throats, colds and upper respiratory tract infections. These medicines are given in the chronic phase of Homeopathic treatment when no active infection is present. They strengthen the body’s immune system.