Everyone gets a sore gullet from time to time, and sometimes the tonsils in your mouth can become ill. However, tonsils are not the only susceptible glands in your mouth. Adenoids, located advanced up in the mouth -- behind the nose and roof of the mouth -- can also get diseased. Enlarged and inflamed adenoids -- called adenoiditis -- can make living difficult and lead to recurrent respiratory infections.
Adenoids are a mass of flesh that, along with your tonsils, help keep you healthy by trapping damaging germs that pass finished the nose or mouth. Your adenoids also produce antibodies to help your form fight infections. Unlike tonsils, which can be easily seen by initial your mouth, you cannot see the adenoids. A doctor has to use a small mirror or distinct instrument with a light to see the adenoids. Occasionally X-rays may be taken to see them more plainly.
While adenoids play an important role in custody a person healthy, as you get older, adenoids become less significant, because your body is able to fight infection in other ways. In fact, adenoids often get slighter around age 5 or 6 and virtually vanish by the teen years.