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How to treat adenoiditis

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Adenoiditis is the inflammation of the adenoids which are mass of tissues found along the tonsils that traps germs that passes through the mouth or nose. Inflammation is caused by bacterial or viral infection. Adenoids produce antibodies that fight infections.

As the person becomes older, the adenoids become less important because the body can eliminate infections in other ways. The adenoids become small around the age of 5 or 6 and eventually disappear during the teen years. Children are usually susceptible to this condition but sometimes it can also affect adults.

Symptoms of adenoiditis

Adenoiditis

Adenoiditis can cause blockage of the Eustachian tubes and result to accumulation of mucus in the middle ear that affects hearing.

  • Stuffy nose
  • Sore throat
  • Swollen glands in the neck
  • Ear pain and other issues
  • Breathing through the mouth
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Nasal sound when speaking with a pinched nose
  • Sleep apnea or snoring

Complications

  • Adenoiditis can cause blockage of the Eustachian tubes and result to accumulation of mucus in the middle ear that affects hearing.
  • Infection of the middle ear
  • Sinus infections
  • Swallowing unconsciously significant amount of pus while sleeping at night that result to vomiting.
  • Chest infections such as bronchitis or pneumonia caused by spreading of the infection to the lungs.

Treatment

  • In a glass filled with warm water, mix one tablespoon of salt until dissolved and gargle this solution. Salt draws out the liquid from the swollen tissue to lessen the swelling.
  • Honey has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties and helps lessen inflammation and swelling of the adenoiditis. Mix a teaspoon of honey with 2-3 drops of lemon juice and consume at least 3 times every to lessen pain in the throat.
  • In a glass of warm milk, mix pepper and turmeric powder and drink before sleeping at night to lessen swelling and promote fast healing of the condition.
  • Garlic contains sulfur which is rich in antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Crush raw cloves of garlic and mix some honey and lemon juice and eat it. Garlic is good for infection in the throat.
  • Sip warm beverages or broths for added nutrition and soothes the enlarged tissue in the throat. Another alternative is drinking a mild tea mixed with honey, broth or a few drops of lemon juice for a soothing effect on adenoiditis.
  • Take cod liver oil supplements to lessen inflammation and swelling caused by adenoiditis.
  • Basil or tulsi leaves contains antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties to reduce the swelling. Boil 10 leaves of basil in 1 ½ cup of water for at least 10 minutes and strain. Mix the juice of a small lemon and a teaspoon of honey. Drink this mixture 3 times a day for 3 days to lessen the pain in the throat.

FACT CHECK

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adenoiditis

https://www.healthline.com/health/adenoiditis

https://www.webmd.com/children/adenoiditis#1

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