The Difference between a Sore Throat, Strep & Tonsillitis
Adenoid removal: What to know and when to have it done
Adenoids are small patches of tissue located at the back of the throat. They are similar to the tonsils and located right above them. Both adenoids and tonsils are part of the immune system, which helps to prevent and fight infection in your body. The adenoids can cause problems if they become enlarged.
An adenoidectomy is an operation to remove the adenoids. The adenoids are clusters of lymphatic tissue, found at the back of the throat and just above the tonsils. The adenoids develop from the time you are born and grow until they reach their full size when you are 4 or 5 years old. They start to shrink from age 7 and have almost disappeared by the time you become an adult. It used to be common practice to remove the adenoids along with the tonsils , especially in children but this practice is less common nowadays.
In infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, the most frequent cause of sore throats is a viral infection. No specific medicine is required when a virus is responsible, and the child should get better over a seven to ten day period. Often children who have sore throats due to viruses also have a cold at the same time. They may develop a mild fever, too, but they generally aren't very sick.