What is Adenoid

Adenoids are a patch of tissue located at the back of the throat that helps in filtering out bacteria and other harmful substances. Adenoids can become swollen due to an infection, and this can cause difficulty in breathing through the nose, breathing through the mouth, and sleeping. In some cases, surgery may be required to remove the adenoids.

what is adenoid


Pharyngeal adenoids

These are the adenoids located in the nasopharynx (the uppermost part of the throat).

Tubal adenoids

These are the adenoids that are located near the eustachian tubes (the tubes that connect the back of the throat to the middle ear).

Lingual adenoids

These adenoids are found on the back of the tongue near the throat.



  • Strep throat
  • Sinusitis
  • Ear infections
  • Allergies can also lead to swollen adenoids


  • Difficulty breathing through the nose
  • Sleep apnea
  • Frequent ear infections
  • Runny nose
  • Blocked or stuffy nose
  • Sore throat
  • Chronic cough
adenoid symptoms


Adenoids can be diagnosed through a physical exam, including a visual inspection, and sometimes imaging tests like X-rays or CT scans. A doctor may also perform a throat culture to check for infection.

Drink plenty of water
Eat easy to swallow foods
Consult a specialist if you suspect adenoid problems
Avoid citrus drinks like butter milk and citrus juices
Reduce the intake of junk food
Do not expose to infections


Non-surgical Treatments

If the adenoids are swollen due to an infection, antibiotics may be prescribed. For more severe cases, surgery may be necessary to remove the adenoids (a procedure called an adenoidectomy). 

In some cases, medication and lifestyle changes such as changes in diet and avoiding allergens can help. It is recommended to consult a healthcare provider to determine the best course of treatment for an individual case.

Surgical Treatments


It is a surgical procedure in which the adenoids are removed. Adenoids are a gland located in the back of the nose that can become enlarged and infected with bacteria.

Risks and Complications

  • Recurrent infections: Enlarged adenoids can trap bacteria and viruses, leading to a higher risk of recurrent infections, such as ear infections, sinus infections, and strep throat.
  • Difficulty breathing: Large adenoids can block the airways, making breathing difficult, especially during sleep. This can lead to snoring, sleep apnea, and other respiratory problems.
  • Speech problems: Enlarged adenoids can interfere with speech development, making it difficult to articulate certain sounds, such as "n" or "m."
  • Dental problems: Chronic mouth breathing caused by enlarged adenoids can lead to dental problems, such as crooked or crowded teeth.
  • Middle ear fluid: Enlarged adenoids can also cause a buildup of fluid in the middle ear, leading to temporary hearing loss or delayed speech development.
  • Facial deformities: In rare cases, severely enlarged adenoids can cause facial deformities, such as an elongated face or an open-mouthed appearance.

If left Untreated

If left untreated, adenoids can cause persistent symptoms and may lead to complications that can have long-term effects on a person's health and well-being. Therefore, it is important to seek medical attention if you or your child are experiencing symptoms of adenoid problems. Treatment options may include medication, surgery, or monitoring and observation.


The cost of adenoid treatment is between 45,000 to 1,00,000 INR in India. However, the cost of this treatment also depends on the type of surgery, procedure, facilities provided by your chosen hospital, etc.

Financial Options

No Cost EMI



adenoids treatment cost

Insurance coverage

Adenoid treatment is mainly covered under health insurance. Most of the time, the insurer will cover a particular amount for surgical treatment of adenoids. However, the amount to be covered under insurance depends on the type of policy.

It is important to know that medical treatment for adenoids will not be covered under the insurance policy, it will only cover the cost or expenses of the surgical treatment, but to claim this, you will have to be hospitalized for 24 hours.

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Adenoids, also known as pharyngeal tonsils, are a patch of tissue at the back of the nose and throat, behind the palate. They are part of the body's immune system and help to fight off infections.

Here is everything you need to know about adenoids:

Adenoids function to trap and remove bacteria and viruses that enter through the nose. They help to maintain the health of the body's immune system. The most common problem with adenoids is that they can become infected or swollen, which can lead to various problems, such as ear infections, sinus infections, and difficulty breathing.

Symptoms of problems: The symptoms of adenoid problems can include snoring, difficulty breathing through the nose, difficulty swallowing, bad breath, ear infections, and recurring sinus infections.

Treatment: Treatment options for adenoid problems can include antibiotics to treat infections, removal of the adenoids (adenoidectomy), or watchful waiting if the symptoms are mild and do not require surgery. Adenoidectomy is a surgical procedure that involves the removal of the adenoids. This procedure is usually done under general anesthesia and takes about 30-45 minutes.

Adenoids are an important part of the body's immune system but can become infected or swollen, leading to issues such as ear and sinus infections. Treatment options range from antibiotics to surgery, and recovery time is typically 1-2 weeks. It is important to seek medical attention promptly if you suspect a problem with your adenoids.

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Symptoms of adenoid problems include breathing through the mouth, snoring, frequent ear infections, difficulty in sleeping, difficulty in swallowing, bad breath, nasal congestion, and a runny nose.

Adenoids can be a serious problem if left untreated for a long time, as they can cause several problems such as sleep apnea, chronic sinusitis, and middle ear infections.

Adenoid removal is typically not necessary unless they are causing significant problems such as recurrent ear infections or obstructive sleep apnea.

Adenoids can be removed at any age after it is confirmed that they are causing problems. However, doctors recommend waiting until the child is at least 3 years old, as the adenoids normally shrink after this age.

The best treatment for adenoids would depend on the severity of the problem. In cases of infections, antibiotics may be prescribed. If there is inflammation or swelling, corticosteroids may be prescribed. Surgery may be recommended in severe cases.

Foods that are spicy, acidic, or citrusy should be avoided as they may irritate the adenoids.

Homeopathy may help in reducing the symptoms of adenoid problems. However, it may not be effective in treating the problem completely. Consultation with an expert doctor is recommended.

If adenoids are not removed, they may continue to cause problems such as recurrent ear infections, sinusitis, and obstructive sleep apnea, which can lead to long-term health problems.