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Enlarged Tonsils Overview

What are enlarged tonsils?
A person with enlarged tonsils or adenoids has swelling of the tonsils or adenoids. Some enlargement of the tonsils and adenoids is normal during childhood. However, most cases of enlarged tonsils are a result of multiple throat infections (tonsillitis) that occur during childhood.

What are the symptoms of enlarged tonsils?
Many children with enlarged tonsils have no symptoms at all. Symptoms of enlarged tonsils include difficulty breathing, mouth breathing, runny nose, and snoring. The development of bad breath and a sore throat can indicate tonsillitis.

How does the doctor treat enlarged tonsils?
Treatment for enlarged tonsils may include antibiotics, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain, and tonsillectomy.

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Last Updated: Apr 22, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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