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more about Tonsillitis

  • This is an inflammatory disorder of the tonsils, which are lymph nodes in the throat.  It is present with pharyngitis.
  • It is common in childhood.

  • Sore throat
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Headaches
  • Fever, chills
  • Tenderness of the jaw and throat
  • Hoarseness
  • Breathing difficulty

  • Virus

- Adenovirus, parainfluenza, Coxsackie virus

  • Bacteria

- Group A hemolytic Streptococcus, Corynebacterium diphtheriae

  • Mouth and throat examination:

- Tonsils are red and enlarged, sometimes with white spots

  • A culture of the tonsils for bacteria such as streptococci

  • Antibiotics for bacterial tonsillitis
  • Rest.
  • Drink fluids
  • Gargle with warm salt water to reduce pain.
  • Medications such as acetaminophen to reduce pain and fever
  • Remove the tonsils (tonsillectomy) for severe swallowing and breathing difficulties.

  • Contact your physician if your child has additional symptoms of tonsillitis, new symptoms, a sore throat for more than 48 hours, or if symptoms get worse.

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