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By Everyone's ENT & Sinus Center
January 16, 2018
Category: ENT Health
Tags: Tonsillitis  

What your pediatric ear, nose and throat specialist in San Antonio wants you to knowtonsillitis

If your child has a sore throat, it’s difficult to know whether it will go away on its own, or whether it’s a sign of a more serious condition, like tonsillitis. Dr. Christine Gilliam at Everyone’s ENT & Sinus Center in San Antonio, TX wants to help you understand the difference.

Tonsillitis is a condition in which a child’s tonsils, located at the back of the throat, become inflamed. Your child can get tonsillitis from a viral or bacterial infection like strep throat. Tonsillitis can affect young children and teenagers. Common signs and symptoms to look for include:

  • Swollen, red tonsils
  • A white coating on your child’s tonsils
  • Sore throat and difficulty swallowing
  • Fever and swollen lymph nodes
  • A hoarse or scratchy voice
  • Chronic bad breath
  • A headache or stiff neck

Very young children can also experience a pain in the stomach, drooling, lack of appetite and fussiness. If you suspect your child might have tonsillitis, you should seek out Dr. Gilliam. She may recommend:

  • Antibiotic medications for less severe cases of tonsillitis
  • Surgical removal of tonsils for recurrent or severe tonsillitis

Surgical removal of the tonsils, known as a tonsillectomy is the one sure way to prevent recurrent, chronic tonsillitis. A tonsillectomy is performed in the operating room and your child will go home the same day. Before the procedure your child will receive a sedative medication and then be placed under general anesthesia in the operating room. The tonsillectomy procedure takes about 30 minutes with recovery time requiring an average of between 1 and 4 hours.

There are many helpful things you and your child can do to prevent tonsillitis. Remember to have your child:

  • Wash their hands frequently and thoroughly several times a day
  • Avoid sharing utensils, glasses, food and beverages with others
  • Use a new toothbrush after an illness, especially tonsillitis
  • Cover their mouth with a tissue when sneezing or coughing

For more detailed information about tonsillitis and other common pediatric conditions, please visit the pediatric ENT page on the website at http://www.everyonesent.com/pediatric-ent.html

Tonsillitis is painful, and can lead to other chronic medical problems. If your child has tonsillitis, don’t delay. Instead, call Dr. Gilliam at Everyone’s ENT & Sinus Center in San Antonio, TX. Get some help for your child by calling today!