Home Remedies for Swollen Adenoids or Adenoiditits

The adenoids, found in the back of the throat up above the tonsils, are used to help clear out infection. Though they are large in infants, they shrink in size and usefulness as you age; by time you reach your teens your adenoids will be almost non-existent in a healthy adult. Children and adults with weakened immune systems can be at increased risk for problems with their adenoids, the most common of which is swollen adenoids which can make it difficult to breathe and painful to swallow. This happens when the adenoids and tonsils become overwhelmed by bacteria and are infected. Chronic adenoiditis can be treated through surgery, but there are natural, home remedies that can help clear up the problem and even prevent it in many cases.


How can I prevent Adenoiditis?

  • Drink plenty of fluids. Keeping the throat hydrated will help to decrease swelling.
  • Eat healthy foods that help to promote the immune system and help to fight infections in the adenoids.
  • Get plenty of sleep so that your body is ready to fight infections.
  • What are the symptoms of Adenoiditis?
  • Sore throat
  • Stuffy nose
  • Swollen neck glands
  • Ear problems such as pain or frequent infections
  • Mouth breathing
  • Nasally voice; you or your child sound as though they are pinching their nose before speaking.
  • Difficult sleeping
  • Snoring and sleep apnea

How do I get rid of Adenoiditis?

  • Gargle a mixture of warm salt water to help reduce swelling and clean out bacteria.
  • Make a mixture of honey and lime juice with water and drink once or twice a day to help reduce painful swelling and inflammation.
  • Make an antioxidant drink of cucumbers, carrots and beets, mix in some lime juice and drink once a day to help boost immunity and prevent infections.
  • Take a teaspoon of honey mixed with a drop or two of lemon juice and a pinch of pepper. Honey has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Take twice a day.
  • Do steam inhalations to relieve congestion and promote healing.
  • Limit speaking and rest the throat.
  • Avoid junk foods that are oily, fried or spicy as these can coat and irritate the throat.
  • Avoid foods that are hard and crunchy as they can increase inflammation and slow the healing process.
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