Medical language is difficult for the average person. Tricky names of diseases, a combination of Greek and Latin words will turn everyone's head. What is only one periostitis, which is popularly known as simply "flux". But what a sin to conceal, with a simple sore throat will talk about the inflammation of the tonsils, and on a dental examination to describe the tonsils. It turns out that they are synonymous? Or not?
Tonsils and Glands: What's the Difference?
Every person in the throat has accumulations of lymphoid tissue - bodyguards who do not let the "enemy" in the form of microbes go further. It is these clusters that will be called the tonsils, and they got their name from their external resemblance to the almond. In the throat you can see 6 tonsils - 2 palatine, nasopharyngeal, lingual and 2 tubal. Palatine tonsils, in turn, are called glands.
It turns out that the tonsils and tonsils are one and the same. For the sake of convenience, only cunning doctors designated a pair of glands with a different name. And ordinary people have to constantly get confused. By the way, the tonsils got their name for a reason. Literally translated, this word means "little acorn." It's all about the visual similarity.
Glands and tonsils are an integral part of the immune system, an important and responsible function is assigned to their shoulders - not to let the pathogens go further, to destroy them in time. All tonsils and glands form the so-called Pirogov ring, which provides immune protection.
How to treat tonsils?
Another medical term that simply enters into a stupor can be called adenoids. In medicine, adenoids are called an inflamed and enlarged pharyngeal tonsil, which can entail some consequences - difficulty breathing, constant nasal congestion and many more. other
Adenoids are a condition that will be typical only for children, due to anatomical and physiological features. According to certain indications, the doctor may raise the issue of the removal of adenoids, that is, in essence, the removal of the pharyngeal tonsil. During the operation, not all of the amygdala will be removed, but only its enlarged part, this is quite enough.
Many doctors will be against such manipulations, there is every reason for this. Parents should take all measures for the conservative treatment of adenoid vegetations, before embarking on radical methods of therapy. After all, tonsils, tonsils - is an active part of the immune system, which actively protects the child from the penetration of pathogens.
If it is removed, then there can be no guarantee that the baby will not be sick anymore. But in fairness it is worth noting the fact that it is rather difficult, or rather impossible, to argue with direct indications for such an operation.
Glands and tonsils: photo of location in the larynx
In any case, the decision on the treatment of sore tonsils or glands remains with the doctor. You should not rely on the experience of girlfriends / acquaintances, each child's body is different, it can react differently. Some children simply do not have conservative methods of treatment and they need an operation to remove the tonsils, because the benefits of maintaining them are negligible compared to the harm they cause. But still, it is necessary to try out all the methods for preserving tissue, because the operation itself, although it is considered the most frequent in the ENT practice, is still quite complicated.