Treating The Condition
The tonsils and adenoids are known as lymphoid tissue, and are very similar to the lymph nodes in the rest of your body. If the lymphoid tissue becomes inflamed from some type of infection or inflammatory process, they can become enlarged and this is known as tonsil and adenoid hypertrophy. Most of the time the tonsils and adenoids decrease in size after the infection is resolved but sometimes they can remain enlarged and cause problems with nasal obstruction, snoring and sleep apnea. This can lead to more sinus infections, problems with speech, swallowing, and sleep disorders. Like recurrent tonsil infections, this problem can be improved by removing the tonsils and adenoids. Most children over 3 yrs old can go home the same day unless the doctor decides that keeping the child overnight is better for your child.