The adenoids are located in the back of the nasal passages and provide protection from bacteria, viruses and other harmful entities that enter the body through the nose or mouth. The adenoids trap germs and produce antibodies to help keep the body free from illnesses, but they can become infected and inflamed. Adenoid hypertrophy is a condition where the adenoids become enlarged, obstructing the nasal passages. At Julie Zweig, MD Integrative Sleep & ENT, our specialists can provide diagnosis and treatment for adenoid hypertrophy at our clinic in Alpharetta, GA.
Causes and Symptoms of Adenoid Hypertrophy
Adenoids are made from lymphatic tissue that becomes inflamed and swollen when infected. It is the job of the adenoids to fight infection, but some bacterial or viral infections can last for long periods of time. Adenoid hypertrophy occurs when the adenoid tissue enlarges to the point where it blocks the nasal passages either partially or completely. The symptoms of adenoid hypertrophy include:
- Trouble breathing through the nose
- Changes in the sound of the voice
- Chronic or ongoing ear infections
- Sleep apnea
Enlarged adenoids can negatively affect your health. If you are experiencing obstructive sleep apnea due to adenoid hypertrophy, it can put you at risk for many health problems, from high blood pressure and fatigue to type 2 diabetes. Treatment for adenoid hypertrophy can restore better nasal breathing and may help with related sleep disorders.
Relief for Nasal Obstruction
If you have nasal obstruction caused by adenoid hypertrophy, our ENT specialist can provide treatment for relief. Many types of enlarged adenoids will respond to medication that can stop infection and inflammation, restoring a functional nasal passage. In severe cases, surgery may be required to remove adenoids when less invasive treatments are ineffective. We provide integrative and functional medicine treatments for nasal obstruction disorders and sleep apnea to achieve better health for our patients.
For relief from adenoid hypertrophy symptoms, come see us at Julie Zweig, MD Integrative Sleep & ENT. Contact our medical clinic in the Dunwoody, Roswell and Alpharetta, GA, area to schedule your exam and consultation with Dr. Zweig or one of our ENT specialists.