Is someone in your family suffering with chronic sore throats and tonsillitis?
The primary cause of sore throats is infection from viruses or bacteria, but allergies and sinus infections can also play a part. Tonsillitis is infection and inflammation of the tonsils, the two round lumps in the back of the throat that you can see. Adenoids are high in the throat behind the nose and the roof of the mouth and are not readily visible.
Tonsils and adenoids are similar to the lymph nodes found in the neck, groin, and armpits which serve as the first line of defense in your immune system. As the lymph tissue filters and responds to infectious agents entering your mouth and nose, it may also become infected.
When tonsil or adenoid enlargement causes nasal obstruction, difficulty breathing or swallowing, sleep disturbance, chronic sore throat or chronic ear infections, an evaluation by our ENT specialists at Cumberland Valley ENT can determine the best treatment, including consideration of tonsillectomy and/or adenoidectomy.