During the colder months of the year, it is not uncommon to experience complications with throat pain. For most children, the complications with throat pain are attributed to a viral or bacterial infection that can be treated with medications, or resolve spontaneously. If you have a child who seems to suffer from recurring throat complications, it may be prudent to ask your physician if the risk is associated with tonsil polyps – a rare form of health risk in children.
These polyps are a common health risk in older adults who have suffered from many years of tonsillitis and throat ailments. In children, however, the onset of polyps is often not common and, in many cases, a pediatrician will overlook this as a potential diagnosis. If your child has had frequent throat infections, and if the tonsils are inflamed, then tonsil polyps and throat polyps could be a health issue worth addressing.
When evaluating your child for tonsil polyps, clinical examination will be done but will not reveal the whole picture. To adequately determine if your child has polyps in the throat or tonsils, endoscopy or MRI study of the head and neck should be performed. While some children develop tonsil stones, these are not the polyps but tonsil stone removal should be considered before further assessing a polyp complication.
Tonsil stone removal is a simple process that can be done in the doctor’s office or, in some cases, your pediatrician may recommend a complete tonsillectomy. The advantage to a tonsillectomy, for many children, lies in the removal of not only the tonsil stones but also the removal of any tonsil polyps. If you opt for this surgical procedure, be sure that you child’s pediatrician has ruled out the presence of throat polyps as this will require another form of aggressive care.
Tonsil and throat infections are a common part of human illness and, in children, can be quite frequent. Not all throat and tonsil infections are related to stones and polyps but, when the condition is recurring, your pediatrician to confirm or rule out the health risk as a possible concern. In treating the polyps’ condition early, your child will have a more health throat and neck outcome in the years thereafter.
Sources: Pathology of the Head and Neck, by Antonio Cardesa and Health Guide Daily – #know-before-removing-tonsil-stones.html and #tonsil-stones-pictures-the-3-stages-of-the-disease.html
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