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Enlarged Adenoids

Homeopathic Medicines for Enlarged Adenoids

If your child constantly has a blocked nose, breathes from the mouth or snores, chances are there that he/ she might have enlarged adenoids. Adenoid enlargement is a problem affecting children, those in the 3-10 years age group are the most vulnerable. But what does enlarged adenoids mean? It refers to the enlargement of adenoids i.e. the lymphoid tissue located at the junction of the back of the nose and throat. Like tonsils, they are a part of the body’s immune system and play a major role in fighting infections in children. Adenoids help fight the bacteria and virus entering the body via the nose. They normally grow up till  5-7 years of age and thereafter, they start shrinking and finally disappear around teenage. This is the physiological growth and regression pattern of adenoids, which are needed only until the child becomes a teenager. By that time, the other immune systems get mature enough to fight infections and disease. The adenoids, which are no longer needed, regress and disappear.

Homeopathic Treatment Of 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, focus 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 have any adverse side effects. They treat the condition of enlarged adenoids in a very gentle and natural way.

Homeopathic Medicines To Treat Enlarged Adenoids

Homeopathic medicines that work wonders in treating enlarged adenoids include Agraphis Nutans, Baryta Carb, Calcarea Carb, Sambucus, Ammonium Carb, Kali Sulphuricum, Nux Vomica and Tuberculinum

1. Agraphic Nutans – Top-Grade Medicine

Agraphis Nutans is one of the best homeopathic medicines for treating enlarged adenoids. It is a natural medicine prepared from plant Bluebell, also known as ‘wild hyacinth’. This medicine is mainly prescribed based on its two important indications. First is nasal blockage due to enlarged adenoids where it proves very effective. Next is ear complaints mainly deafness, resulting from adenoids growing big in size. Apart from these, Agraphis Nutans is also very effective when enlargement of adenoids and tonsils is present together at the same time.

When and How to use Agraphis Nutans?

Agraphis Nutans can be given in any case of enlarged adenoids once diagnosis is confirmed. It will help in managing nasal blockage which is the foremost complaint a child faces from enlarged adenoids. Side by side it will help in shrinking the size of the adenoids. Also never forget its use for ear complaints, especially deafness resulting from enlarged adenoids. A child having enlarged adenoids can be given this medicine twice or thrice a day as per the intensity of the complaint.

2. Baryta Carb – For Managing Recurrent Tendency To Get Cold And Sore Throat

Baryta Carb is a homeopathic medicine of great help in treating numerous health concerns in kids among which enlarged adenoids is a prominent one.  It is mainly prescribed where a child has tendency to have colds and recurrent throat infections. Both adenoids and tonsils may have enlarged together simultaneously. In acute phase of URTI (upper respiratory tract infection), pain in the throat on swallowing, sneezing and thick yellow nasal discharge may also be seen. The mouth gives off an offensive odour. The child may be physically inactive and sluggish.

When and How to use Baryta Carb?

Baryta Carb is considered in cases where the tendency to have recurrent cold and sore throat is present. This medicine can also be used when adenoids and tonsils, both are enlarged. Its use is recommended in the phase when acute URTI has not set in.  This medicine will help build up immunity to prevent frequent infections. Its use can be done from low (like 30C) to high potencies (like 200C and 1M) but not in very frequent doses. To begin with, one can take Baryta Carb 30C twice a week only. To increase dose or potency, kindly consult a homeopathic doctor.

3. Calcarea Carb – To Manage Disposition To Take Cold Easily

Calcarea Carb is the top most medicine for kids who are highly susceptible to cold and fall sick after every such exposure. They get repetitive cold with clear watery nasal discharge or yellow foul discharge. Besides, nasal blockage is very prominent which is the most troublesome at night.  The chronic tendency to infections results in enlarged adenoids or tonsils. Such children also tend to perspire excessively on the scalp.

When and How to use Calcarea Carb?

Calcarea Carb is used in kids who are inclined to get recurrent colds from even slight exposure to cold weather. Like Baryta Carb, this medicine is also used when no active infection is present to strengthen a child’s immunity making him/ her less prone to catching cold frequently. Its use varies from low (30C) to high potencies (200C, 1M) varying from case to case. Initially, Calcarea Carb 30C can be given twice a week or 200C be given once a week. For changing its dose or moving to higher potencies, advice from homeopathic expert is a must.

4. Sambucus – To Relieve Nasal Blockage

Sambucus is a natural remedy sourced from plant Sambucus Nigra commonly known as ‘elder’. Its use is highly considered to manage blocked nose at night with thick mucus in nostrils. The mucus is also very sticky. Mouth breathing due to a blocked nose is pronounced.

When and How to use Sambucus?

This medicine is best to relieve nasal blockage in kids. This medicine acts for a short period of time and bears repetition well. Sambucus 30C can be used two or three times a day as per severity of the problem.

5. Ammonium Carb – For Intense Nasal Blockage

Ammonium Carb is a very suitable medicine to manage nasal blockage. The blockage is intense causing the child to breathe through mouth. The child may jerk several times during sleep due to obstructed breathing.

When and How to use Ammonium Carb?

Ammonium Carb can be given when there is nasal blockage along with mouth breathing. Ammonium Carb 30C given three times a day gives great relief in nasal blockage.

6. Kali Sulphuricum – When Symptoms Still Trouble Even After Surgery Of Adenoids

Kali Sulphuricum is a specific medicine for managing symptoms that persist even after surgery of enlarged adenoids. This medicine can be used to manage symptoms including nasal blockage, mouth breathing and snoring.  It can also be given when yellow nasal discharge accompanies these symptoms.

When and How to use Kali Sulphuricum?

If symptoms like nasal blockage, mouth breathing and snoring are still disturbing your child inspite of adenoids surgery, this medicine is an ideal prescription. It is majorly used in biochemic form in 6X potency that comes in tablet form. Kali Sulphuricum 6X can be used three to four times a day at a three-hour gap. Number of tablets to be given at a time varies from 2 to 4 as per age of child.

7. Nux Vomica For Managing Snoring

This medicine works wonders in managing snoring. It is helpful for kids who snore and have nose congestion/ stuffiness at night. During the day, there may be watery discharge from nose but at night no discharge occurs.

When and How to use Nux Vomica?

Use of Nux Vomica is highly suggested in cases where snoring is well marked. Though it works well in various potencies, it is mostly used in 30C power. Nux Vomica 30C can be taken one to three times a day based on severity of the complaint.

8. Tuberculinum – Homeopathic Medicines To Treat Recurrent Infections Causing Enlarged Adenoids

Tuberculinum is a very effective homeopathic medicine to help build a child’s immunity so that he does not catch infections repeatedly. Children needing it are very sensitive to weather changes and highly susceptible to infections. They frequently suffer from sore throat, colds and upper respiratory tract infections. These medicines are given in chronic cases and when no active infection is present. They strengthen the body’s immune system.

When and How to use Tuberculinum?

Tuberculinum is mainly used as a medicine to boost a child’s immunity that will make a child less susceptible to catch frequent infections. It is mainly used in 200C or higher potencies. The dose varies from just one dose in 15 days or in a month depending on the age of the child and severity of problem. It is advised not to self-medicate with this medicine as it is a strong remedy. Always use this medicine only after consulting a homeopathic physician.

Note Use of these medicines is recommended only in mild to moderate cases. They can be used for about a month or two in recommended potency and dose. For further continuation of these medicines or for increasing dose or potency, kindly consult a homeopathic physician. In severe cases (for example, sleep apnea, mouth breathing even during daytime, recurrent ear infections or retarded overall growth of child), kindly take help from conventional mode of treatment as homeopathy has its limitations in treating severe cases of enlarged adenoids.

Cause Behind Adenoids Enlargement

Adenoids are present in every child that act as the first line of defense in the body along with tonsils. However, this does not mean that adenoids will get enlarged in every child. Recurrent upper respiratory tract infections (URTI) and nasal allergies put a child at risk and cause adenoids to enlarge. As soon as the germs enter via the nose, adenoids trap them and fight them. 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 even in the absence of any acute URTI.

Signs And Symptoms Of Enlarged Adenoids

1. Nasal blockage causing mouth breathing, noisy breathing and snoring

2. Dry mouth, dry cracked lips, offensive breath due to breathing from mouth

3. Disturbed, restless sleep; drowsiness and sleepiness during the day; difficulty in concentration

4. Nasal voice, enlarged glands in the neck, frequent colds, sore throat and difficult swallowing. Appetite may also be poor. 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.

5. 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 a long face, open mouth, high arched palate, prominent incisors, short upper lip and a pinched nose.

Complications Of Enlarged Adenoids

1. Sleep apnea (momentary pauses in breathing arise during sleep) in severe cases. Sleep apnea leads to poor sleep, fatigue and difficulty concentrating in studies at school.

2. Ear-related complaints such as difficulty in hearing, deafness and ear infections. The eustachian tube 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.

3. In fact, persistently enlarged adenoids retard the overall development of the child. 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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 of the 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 defense mechanism along with adenoids. Both adenoids and tonsils are masses of lymphoid tissue. There are high chances for both adenoids and tonsils to get enlarged at the same time.

Our ENT specialist has advised adenoid 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 for 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 the root cause, for example recurrent respiratory infections, and then helps the adenoids shrink back to normal size.




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  1. Hi there, I have a 6 yr old boy who has terrible nasal congestion and blockage. He is a terrible sleeper, stops breathing and never wakes up feeling refreshed. He was referred to an ENT specialist who said he needs his tonsils and adenoids taken out. They said on a scale from 1–4 4 being very enlaged, my son was a 4+. They wanted me to book the surgery on the spot. He never has infections in his tonsils/throat.

  2. Harithasa M says:

    My two sons having adenoid problem, ENT Doctors suggested to go for surgery. We approached Homeopathy doctor for medicine. Past four years he is giving medicine for this problem. Still the problem is continuing. They take breath from mouth while sleeping and disturbed sleep, weight loss, less growth. Please suggest medicine to my kids.

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  5. My daughter is 7 turning 8 next month. She had her tonsils and adenoids removed when she was 5 with no change. She has severe sleep apnea, unable to breathe through her nose. She has a chronically stuffy nose with a lot of nasal discharge. Her speech is affected. The ent at sick children’s hospital suggested doing another surgery to remove her adenoids again as she said they grew back. I want to avoid going through another surgery at any cost.

    Can you recommend one or two of the most effective homeopathic medicines for her and the dose. She weights 55lbs.



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  9. Dr.Sharma,
    My son is 4 years old. He has had trouble since he was 8 months old. When he was a baby during his cold sickness he could not breathe and he started ear problems including a mild brown liquid coming from both his ears and severely from the right ear.
    Now he is 4 years old and during the day he breathes through his mouth. And at night his sleep is disturbed he snores and even sometimes chokes then wakes up. I have to watch him over all night to make sure to prevent sleep apnea. He also wets the bed and has poor appetite. What should i do? I don’t want to get him to have surgery. Please help.
    Thank you.

  10. Elisabeth says:

    My grandson is 9 months old and has enlarged
    Adenoids and tonsils. The doc said a steroid breathing
    Apparatus may help. That terrifies me. What can we do to help the baby breathe better

  11. Miriam Walker says:

    Help, my child have her adonied removed three years ago and it came back. She has very high foul order from the mouth and nose could this be the cause? I’m very concerned.

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  13. Dr refer my child for removal of adenoids he is 7 years old do you have any homeopathic medicine for this to avoid surgery

  14. Dina Kassem says:

    My son was diagnosed with +3 size tonsils. He is 3.5 years old. Does not snore. Mouth breathes. No complications or infections. His doctor recommended surgery. Was suggested to give him agraphis 30c …Any advice ?

  15. Benny Yalon says:

    Hello Doctor,
    My child just celebrated his 2nd birthday. Since 1 year and possibly a bit more, he is suffering of enlarged adenoids and shortness of breath during the nights. He is a good boy and is growing cognitively and physically well. Nonetheless, we are concerned that his condition is not passing
    We went to two Homeopaths that treated him for 2 months each with only partial success. We are now on a chinese acupuncture treatment that also shows only a partial solution. needless to say, the conventional doctors recommend surger..

    With the other Homeo doctors, they concluded he is a Calc Carb type and also gave several other remedies. I also observed Pulsatilla made kind of a magic stopping all symptoms for one day but it seemed unnatural and also his mood totally swong.

    I would appreciate your sincere opinion.

    Thanks alot.

  16. Hi Dr Sharma
    My 8year old boy has swollen adenoids and swollen tonsils which cause sinus infections very often and ear infections arist with asthma. The ENT states he needs surgery but I prefer to try to find an easier solution. Can you tell me what he should take, how much and fur how long? Thank you

    • Hi Sharma,

      My son has 3 years old. He has enlarged adenoids.

      Doctor suggested for surger. With out surgery is to possible to cure this. If i go for homeopahty how many days to reduce. Please help me your guidence.

      • Dr refer my child for removal of adenoids he is 7 years old do you have any homeopathic medicine for this to avoid surgery

  17. Hello doctor my daughter have tonsil ND adeniod. She 5 yrs old. The doctor said starting stage no need to operation. But still she have cough ND snoring. It will be cure medicine without surgery. Pls suggest me. I m n Chennai. Can u give me ur clinic address

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  19. Oliver T. says:

    Dear Doctor Sharma

    I apologize for wasting your precious time. Even though I’ve been reading your description for hours, I’m still confused about to which medicine would be the most adequate for my problem.
    About 3 years ago, during the daily chakra meditation exercises, I completely depleted my vitality in a few weeks, and with it my immune system also weakened and unfortunately I catch a virus from my family that made my pharyngeal tonsil become inflamed. Then, for two months, it was continuously discharged translucent mucus. Finally the discharge had ceased, but the nasal tonsil remained swollen. My tonsil has been inflamed ever since and makes it somewhat difficult for me to breathe. It does not block the duct too much so I can breathe through my nose but doing pranayama is difficult in this state. In the mornings, the tonsil often swell a bit, but there is never snoring, sneezing or full blockage, nor bleeding and it is never a source of new illness. It’s not sensitive to cold weather or moisture, I can easily do jala neti without problem. I’ve never had a problem with my other tonsils except the nasal one. On the other hand, it is sensitive to the smoke of cigarettes and of incenses and after I have to inspire these I usually smell smoke for hours or days. Similarly, after consuming dairy products, my tonsil is somewhat larger.
    Sometimes I feel a bit clogged in my ears but it does not cause hearing loss, however it usually causes a stronger and orange coloured discharge from the left or the right ear canal.
    28 years ago I had my nasal tonsil removed when I was 7 because it frequently caused ear inflammation.
    Over time, a nasal polip also appeared in the left nostril and sometimes I feel slight irritation in the passage between the nasal and facial cavities.

    I would be very grateful if you could help me with your esteemed advice on which homeopathic medicines I should choose for my chronic nasal tonsil problem and for the nasal polip.

    Yours faithfully

    Oliver T.

  20. Anaeto Nneka C says:

    Hi Doctor, my daughter is 3yrs and she can’t hear and speak she did CT brain and EEG scan which shows that she had enlarged Adenoids with mild nasopharyngeal airway obstruction.ENT doctor from LUTH suggest a surgery for her please sir am afraid for the surgery advise me on the best medication for her. Thanks and remain blessed.

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