Tonsillitis is an infection of the tonsils that affects millions of individuals each year.
At the back of your throat, two masses of tissue called tonsils act as filters, trapping germs that could otherwise enter your airways and cause infection. They also produce antibodies to fight infection. But sometimes the tonsils themselves become infected. Overwhelmed by bacteria or viruses, they swell and become inflamed, a condition is known as tonsillitis.
Tonsillitis is common, especially in children. The condition can occur occasionally or recur frequently. This infection easily diagnosed. Symptoms usually go away within 7 to 10 days. Tonsillitis can occur at any age and is a common childhood infection. It is most often diagnosed in children from preschool age through their mid-teens. Symptoms include a sore throat, swollen tonsils, and fever.
This condition is contagious and can be caused by a variety of common viruses and bacteria, such as Streptococcal bacteria, which causes strep throat. Tonsillitis caused by strep throat can lead to serious complications if left untreated.
Symptoms of Tonsillitis
There are several types of tonsillitis, and there are many possible symptoms that include:
- a very sore throat
- difficulty swallowing or painful swallowing
- a scratchy-sounding voice
- bad breath
- a stiff neck
- jaw and neck tenderness due to swollen lymph nodes
- tonsils that appear red and swollen
- tonsils that have white or yellow spots
Causes of Tonsillitis
Bacterial and viral infections can cause tonsillitis. A common cause is Streptococcus (strep) bacteria. Other common causes include:
- Influenza virus
- Epstein-Barr virus
- Parainfluenza viruses
- Herpes simplex virus
What are the treatments for tonsillitis?
Treatment for tonsillitis depends on the cause. If the cause is a virus, there is no medicine to treat it. If the cause is a bacterial infection, such as strep throat, your child will need to take antibiotics. It is important for your child to finish the antibiotics even if he or she feels better. If treatment stops too soon, some bacteria may survive and re-infect your child.
No matter what is causing tonsillitis, there are some things you can do to help your child feel better. Make sure that your child
- Gets a lot of rest
- Drinks plenty of fluids
- Tries eating soft foods if it hurts to swallow
- Tries eating warm liquids or cold foods like popsicles to soothe the throat
- Isn’t around cigarette smoke or do anything else that could irritate the throat
- Sleeps in a room with a humidifier
- Gargles with salt water
- Sucks on a lozenge (but do not give them to children under four; they can choke on them)
- Takes an over-the-counter pain reliever such as acetaminophen. Children and teenagers should not take aspirin.
How Is Tonsillitis Diagnosed?
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