Homeopathic Medicines for Enlarged Adenoids
What are adenoids?
Adenoids refer to the mass of lymphatic tissue located at the junction of the back of the nose and throat. They are a part of the body’s immune system and play a major role in fighting infections in children.
What is their role in the body?
Adenoids help fight off the bacteria and virus that enter the body via the nose. They normally grow to 5-7years of age and thereafter, they start to shrink. They disappear around teenage. This is the physiological growth and regression of the adenoids. Adenoids are needed only until the child reaches his teenage years. By that time, the other immune system is mature enough to fight infections and disease. The adenoids, which are no longer needed, regress and disappear.
Why do adenoids get enlarged?
Recurrent upper respiratory tract infections and nasal allergies can cause adenoids to grow large. On the physical level, as soon as the germs enter via the nose, adenoids trap them and fight them down. In this process, the adenoids get temporarily swollen. With time, this swelling reduces and they come back to their original size. However, if the infections are recurrent, the adenoids, due to constant swelling, are unable to return to normal size and get permanently enlarged.
Why are enlarged adenoids a problem?
Enlarged adenoids are a problem because of many of the bothersome symptoms they lead to in a child. The major among these are breathing through the mouth and snoring due to nasal blockage. The children find it difficult to concentrate and feel drowsy and sleepy during the day. In their most severe form, enlarged adenoids cause sleep apnea where momentary pauses in breathing arise during sleep. Another complication with great discomfort associated with enlarged adenoids is ear infections and difficulties in hearing. In fact, persistently enlarged adenoids retard the overall development of the child.
Can Homeopathy treat enlarged adenoids?
Homeopathic medicines are a natural and safe alternative to surgery in children with enlarged adenoids. Adenoids, when surgically removed, have the tendency to regrow, it has been noted. Homeopathic medicines, on the other hand, are focussed on strengthening the child’s immune system. Once the immunity is strong, the child becomes less susceptible to recurrent respiratory infections. Once this key factor leading to enlarged adenoids is treated, the adenoids get the time to shrink and go back to their normal size.
Homeopathy treats adenoids in two phases. In the first phase, Homeopathic medicines treat the ongoing infection, which is recurrent and generally acute and has caused the condition in the present moment. In the second phase, these medicines build immunity to prevent chronic respiratory infections. Homeopathic medicines are safe and do not carry any adverse side effects. They treat the condition of enlarged adenoids in a very gentle and natural way. Homeopathic medicines that work wonders in treating enlarged adenoids include Baryta Carb, Calcarea Carb, Agraphis Nutans, Tuberculinum and Merc Sol.
At what age are enlarged adenoids largely seen?
Adenoid enlargement is a problem affecting children. Children in the 3-10 year age-group are more vulnerable to this condition.
We all have adenoids, but do adenoids get enlarged in all of us too?
Adenoids are present in each and every child. They act as the first line of defence in the body along with tonsils. However, this does not mean that adenoids will get enlarged in every child. They will only get enlarged in case of recurrent upper respiratory tract infections. The tendency to catch an infection again and again puts the child at a greater risk for enlarged adenoids. The adenoids could get enlarged in varying degree, ranging from mild to moderate to severe.
How can I tell that my child has enlarged adenoids?
There is a set of symptoms that can collectively help you know if your child has enlarged adenoids. Persistent nasal blockage and mouth breathing is a major symptom. Other symptoms include snoring, sleep apnea (momentary pauses in breathing during sleep), nasal voice, dry mouth, offensive breath and enlarged glands in the neck. In addition to this, ear-related complaints such as deafness and ear infections may also arise. A history of recurrent tendency to upper respiratory tract infection is often found in such cases. These are the clinical symptoms that help diagnosis. An X-ray is, however, needed to confirm the diagnosis.
Would one need to conduct medical tests?
An X- ray of soft tissue neck is needed to confirm the diagnosis of enlarged adenoids.
My child has a persistently blocked nose, are enlarged adenoids to blame?
Blocked nose is a key feature of enlarged adenoids and is attended with symptoms like mouth breathing and snoring. However, nasal allergies and nasal polyps may also cause a blocked nose. So a diagnosis and X-ray of soft tissue neck are needed before enlarged adenoids can be established as the cause.
Can enlarged adenoids and enlarged tonsils appear at the same time?
Yes. Tonsils are located in the back of the throat, one on either side, and are a part of the child’s defence mechanism along with adenoids. Both adenoids and tonsils are masses of lymphoid tissue. There are high enough chances for both adenoids and tonsils to get enlarge at the same time.
Can enlarged adenoids lead to ear related issues?
Yes, enlarged adenoids can lead to ear related issues like deafness and recurrent ear infection. There is a canal of eustachian tubes that connects the throat to the middle ear. When the adenoids get enormously enlarged, they may block these eustachian tubes, leading to deafness or middle ear infection.
What are adenoid facies?
The term facies refers to a set of specific facial features in a person suffering from a particular disease. The typical set of facial features noted in a child having enlarged adenoids is known as adenoid facies. The features of adenoid facies include – long face, open mouth, high arched palate, prominent incisors, short upper lip and a pinched nose.
Do enlarged adenoids affect sleep?
Yes, enlarged adenoids affect sleep. Enlarged adenoids cause a blocked nose. The child starts to breathe through the mouth which causes snoring and sometimes disturbed sleep. Another complication is sleep apnea. Sleep apnea refers to momentary pauses in breathing while asleep. The duration of these breathing pauses may last from a few seconds to minutes. Sleep apnea leads to poor sleep, fatigue and difficulty in concentrating at school.
Can enlarged adenoids affect a child’s appetite?
Yes, enlarged adenoids do lead to poor appetite in children. A child having enlarged adenoids has a blocked nose and breathes through the mouth. Chewing and breathing at the same time are difficult, therefore these children avoid eating at all.
Can enlarged adenoids lead to poor growth in a child?
Yes, a child’s growth may be affected if he/she has enlarged adenoids. The retarded growth in such cases is attributed to two main factors – poor appetite leading to nutritional deficiencies and improper sleep. The growth hormone required in children is primarily secreted during sleep. A child who lacks sound sleep will have lower levels of this growth hormone and hence, suffer poor growth and development.
Our ENT specialist has advised adenoids surgery for my son. Is it wise to try Homeopathic medicines at this stage?
Yes it is. Why put the child through the trauma of surgery. Even though conventional medicine treats enlarged adenoids as a case for surgical intervention, proper Homeopathic medicines can treat the condition in a safe and natural way. Homeopathic medicines do not take very long to show positive results in some measure. How much they can help and how long they need to be taken depends on the severity of the condition.
Can adenoids grow back after surgery?
Yes, there is a fair chance they will. This is because even though the adenoids have been incised, the root cause behind their enlargement remains. Homeopathy first attacks and fixes this root cause – recurrent respiratory infections, for example – and then helps the adenoids shrink back to normal size.
FAQs —Homeopathic Medicines for Enlarged Adenoids
Which are the most effective Homeopathic medicines for enlarged adenoids?
The Homeopathic medicines that I have found extremely effective for treating enlarged adenoids are Baryta Carb, Agraphis Nutans and Kali Sulphuricum. Among these, Baryta Carb is very useful where there is a recurrent tendency to catch cold leading to enlarged adenoids. Homeopathic medicine Agraphis Nutans best applies in case of deafness resulting from enlarged adenoids. Kali Sulphuricum is mostly prescribed in cases where the adenoids grow back after surgery.
My child has enlarged adenoids with all the symptoms of a blocked nose and mouth breathing. Please suggest a Homeopathic medicine.
Homeopathic medicines Ammonium Carb and Sambucus Nigra show the best results in cases with classic symptoms of enlarged adenoids such as a blocked nose and mouth breathing. Such a child will usually have a deeply obstructed nose with the nasal blockage getting worse at night. Ammonium Carb is also the Homeopathic medicine to prescribe in case of nose bleeding (epistaxis) in enlarged adenoids cases. Nose bleeding is mainly observed when washing the face or on waking in the morning.
My child snores in his sleep due to enlarged adenoids. Can Homeopathic medicines treat this condition?
Yes, Homeopathic medicines can treat snoring due to enlarged adenoids. In fact, Opium and China Officinalis are the most effective Homeopathic medicines for this condition. Homeopathic medicine Opium is considered in case of deep snoring with rattled breathing during sleep. China Officinalis is more useful when the child snores at night and is very drowsy and sleepy during the day.
My son underwent surgery for adenoids and now they’re back. Which Homeopathic medicine would you advise?
Kali Sulphuricum is the most prominently used Homeopathic medicine to check regrowth of adenoids post surgery. This Homeopathic medicines treats the disease at the level of the repeated infections that are causing the adenoids to become enlarged and in time, helps the adenoids shrink back to their original size. There is no need to snip at them at all. Homeopathic medicines present a natural, safe, trauma-free alternative for your child.
What are the Homeopathic medicines to take for ear related complaints due to enlarged adenoids?
Agraphis Nutans and Merc Sol are two major Homeopathic medicines for treating complaints related to the ear in children with enlarged adenoids. Agraphis Nutans shows remarkable recovery where deafness results from enlarged adenoids. In case of an ear infection in a child as a result of enlarged adenoids, Homeopathic medicine Merc Sol works wonders.
My child suffers both enlarged tonsils and adenoids. How can Homeopathy help?
Homeopathic medicines Baryta Carb and Calcarea Carb are significant Homeopathic medicines for treating cases where both tonsils and adenoids are enlarged. A child who needs this prescription will have a tendency to catch cold very frequently, with the slightest change in weather.
Which Homeopathic medicines do you prescribe to stop recurrent infections in children with adenoids?
Tuberculinum and Psorinum are two big names among Homeopathic medicines to treat recurrent infections that cause adenoids to enlarge in children. They work to strengthen the body’s immune system, which in turn makes the child less susceptible to infections.
Homeopathic Medicines for Enlarged Adenoids
Baryta Carb – Excellent Homeopathic medicine for enlarged adenoids
Baryta Carb is one of the top listed Homeopathic medicines for enlarged adenoids. It is also the medicine to prescribe where 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 in the feet is an attending symptom.
Calcarea Carb – Wonderful Homeopathic medicine for enlarged adenoids with tendency to catch cold
Calcarea Carb is another wonderful Homeopathic 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.
Agraphis Nutans And Merc Sol – Best Homeopathic medicines for enlarged adenoids with ear complaints
Agraphis Nutans and Merc Sol are very useful Homeopathic medicines for treating ear complaints resulting from enlarged adenoids. Agraphis Nutans is the best treatment for deafness due to enlarged adenoids. Homeopathic medicine Merc Sol is well 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.
Kali Sulphuricum – Prominently indicated Homeopathic medicine for adenoids that regrow after surgery
Kali Sulphuricum is one amongst the top listed Homeopathic medicines 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 and Sambucus Nigra – Remarkable Homeopathic medicines for enlarged adenoids with marked nasal blockage
Ammonium Carb and Sambucus Nigra are greatly beneficial Homeopathic medicines for enlarged adenoids. A child that needs these medicines will have intense 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 and China Officinalis – Effective Homeopathic medicines for snoring due to enlarged adenoids
Opium ad China Officinalis are well indicated Homeopathic medicines for snoring from enlarged adenoids. Opium is used in case of deep snoring with rattling, stertorous breathing. Frequent momentary pauses in breathing while sleeping may be noted. Homeopathic medicine China Officinalis is considered where 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.
Tuberculinum and Psorinum – Homeopathic medicines for treating recurrent infections causing enlarged adenoids
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. It deserves mention here that Tuberculinum and Psorinum are the medicines a Homeopath prescribes when the most well selected medicines for enlarged adenoids fail to show results. These medicines are know to show remarkable recovery in such cases.