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The Difference Between Tonsillitis & Adenoiditis

The Difference Between Tonsillitis and Adenoiditi

Your child has complained of a sore throat before, but never like this. This one doesn’t seem to be going away like they usually do, and the lymph nodes in the neck area are really swollen.

If this sounds familiar, your child could be suffering from Tonsillitis and/or Adenoiditis, common ENT conditions that affect the tissues at the back of the throat. Both conditions are painful and should be treated as soon as possible by an ENT expert. Below you’ll find short explanations of each. If they sound like what your child is feeling, the next thing to do is schedule an appointment with us at Westwood Ear, Nose & Throat P.C.  


Stand in front of a mirror and open your mouth up wide. Do you see the two oval shaped sections of tissue in the back of your throat? Those are your tonsils. When you have Tonsillitis, your tonsils are inflamed. Other symptoms include difficulty swallowing as well as the sore throat and tender lymph nodes.

If the condition is caused by a viral infection, you can treat it at home and it should go away in a about a week. However, if it is a bacterial infection, an antibiotic is necessary. And since there is no way tell on your own what is causing the inflammation, it is best to be checked out by one of our experts at Westwood Ear, Nose & Throat P.C.

The good news is that these infections usually respond to medication, and the surgery to remove the tonsils – a “tonsillectomy” – is only performed in recurring cases or when meds don’t work. Even then, it is mostly performed on children. The procedure itself is outpatient and is done under general anesthesia. For more information on tonsillectomies, visit our website or call us at (203) 574-5997.


When you were looking at your tonsils, you couldn’t see your adenoids – the masses of tissue in the back of the throat that create antibodies to fight infections and trap harmful germs that come in through your nose and mouth. When they are healthy, you can’t feel them, but, if you are suffering from Adenoiditis, you definitely can. Adenoiditis is most commonly seen in children and in addition to throat pain and swollen glands, symptoms often include congested nose, ear pain, snoring, and/or difficulty sleeping.

Most cases are treated with antibiotics, but for those who experience chronic infections or are having difficulty breathing,the adenoids can be removed through a procedure called an adenoidectomy. Similar to the tonsillectomy, this procedure is outpatient and the two can actually be performed together, which is called a T & A. The T & A procedure lasts between 30 and 45 minutes. Click here for more information on the T & A.

While no one likes to see their child in pain, Tonsillitis and Adenoiditis are common conditions that can be easily treated. It is important to note that while they are most common in children, adults can experience them as well. So if you suspect either you or your child is suffering from an ENT disorder, contact us at (203) 574-5997. Relief is just a phone call away!