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How is adenoiditis treated?

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Adenoiditis is treated with antibiotics. But surgery to remove the adenoids may be needed if your child has frequent infections -- including ear and sinus infections -- or antibiotics don't help. Your child may also need surgery if he has ongoing breathing problems. This procedure is called an adenoidectomy.

Your child's doctor may also recommend the tonsils be removed at the same time since adenoiditis and tonsillitis often go hand in hand. Surgery to remove the tonsils is called a tonsillectomy.

Together, you and your child's doctor can discuss the pros and cons of surgery and determine if it's necessary.

From: Adenoiditis WebMD Medical Reference

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MedlinePlus: "Tonsils and Adenoids." Nemours: "Enlarged Adenoids" and "All About Adenoids." American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery: "Fact Sheet: Tonsils and Adenoids" and "Tonsils and Adenoids." Children's Hospital St. Louis: "Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on June 25, 2019

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MedlinePlus: "Tonsils and Adenoids." Nemours: "Enlarged Adenoids" and "All About Adenoids." American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery: "Fact Sheet: Tonsils and Adenoids" and "Tonsils and Adenoids." Children's Hospital St. Louis: "Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on June 25, 2019

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