Adenoids are glands that are located in the roof of the mouth. Similar to tonsils, adenoids also trap pathogens that enter through the nose or mouth. Under normal conditions, these tissues are invisible to the eye. However, due to various reasons such as trapping of food or infection, these tissues swell or enlarge. Although surgery is a treatment option but preparing for it is another nuisance. Moreover, if the condition has not reached the severe stage, some home remedies can work.
Some of the home remedies are-
Gargle with saltwater or Babul Decoction
Gargling aids in getting relief from not only swollen adenoids but also other types of throat infections. Gargling with a cup of warm water with salt or babul concoction helps to flush out the germ build-up which leads to swollen adenoids. The salt in the water absorbs water from the inflamed and swollen tissues that can eventually reduce symptoms like snoring or dysphagia (difficulty in swallowing). You can also make it a habit that you gargle with warm water while brushing as this can clear any particles inside the mouth and prevent infections. ENT doctors prescribe gargling thrice a day when diagnosed with swollen adenoids.
Garlic is known for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Therefore, it works like magic if the adenoids are swollen due to pathogens or disease-producing bacteria. Garlic contains an antimicrobial compound known as allicin that destroys the pathogenic and disease-causing bacteria. Moreover, it strengthens the immunity system by increasing the production of lymphocytes, and macrophages. Next time if you are diagnosed with swollen adenoids, crush a few garlic cloves and consume it.
Honey and lemon juices
Honey works marvelously for any infection in the throat. Loaded with antioxidants that help to fight free radicals, honey strengthens the immune system. Furthermore, the antibacterial and antifungal properties help ward off the bacteria causing infections. Bad breath is one of the symptoms associated with enlarged adenoids. Lemon can prevent bad odor in the mouth, as it helps stimulate saliva and prevent dry mouth.
Everyone is well aware that this kitchen spice possesses a lot of healing abilities. Turmeric contains an antioxidant compound- curcumin, that helps to fight off various pathogens. The production of histamine due to an allergen entering the body that leads to symptoms such as swollen adenoids can also be curbed. You can also add turmeric in your daily cup of tea or a warm glass of milk. A glass of milk or other dairy products have other benefits on health too.
Cod liver oil
Although not suitable for everyone, this is one of the most effective natural remedies for anyone suffering from adenoiditis. Cod liver oil reduces inflammation as well as the risk of any infection. Some studies show that cod liver oil enhances lymphatic drainage thereby reducing swelling. Children below 12 years should consume this oil in a liquid state while others should consume capsules to get the maximum benefits.
As one of the major reasons for enlarged adenoids is fighting off infections, chamomile can also work. This is a herb that is rich in antibacterial and antihistamine abilities. The potency of these abilities depends on the variety of chamomile tea. For children suffering from swollen adenoids, it is recommended to drink only half a cup of chamomile tea. Besides, the medicinal effects of chamomile are due to the presence of chemicals known as flavonoids that boosts up the immunity.
Just like any other remedy for swollen remedies, ginger has strong antiseptic properties that can fight off any infection. This spice can also cure nausea, boost up the digestion process or fight symptoms of common cold and cough. The main active compound of ginger is gingerol which has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. Use ginger as fresh, dried, powdered, oil or juice.
Thyme is a kitchen spice that can help in dealing with swollen adenoids. This has a wide range of antibacterial effects. A hot cup of thyme tea can help with the symptom of the drippy nose due to swollen adenoids.
Tomatoes possess a chemical compound known as naringenin chalcone on its skin that can decrease nasal obstruction, sneezing, and runny nose. These also have an antihistamine effect which can cure adenoid symptoms if it has occured due to an allergy. According to a Polish study, thyme with lavender oil is very effective against strains of various bacteria.
Apples also help in getting relief from enlarged adenoids just like tomatoes. According to a study, eating apple slices can reduce the symptoms of an allergic reaction. Therefore, it means that for swollen adenoids due to an allergic reaction, apple might be an easy and effective remedy.
Disclaimer- The remedies mentioned in this blog are only for informative purposes. Use these products only after proper consultation with the doctor.
As mentioned earlier, these home remedies work only if the swelling of the adenoids is not very severe. If the condition gets serious and home remedies don’t work, then ENT doctors suggest adenoidectomy. It is simply the removal of the adenoids. Didn’t find what you are looking for? Drop a query in the comment section.
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