Does your child often suffer from sore throat, fever, pain while swallowing, hoarseness, visibly red and swollen tonsils in the throat? These signs could be symptoms of tonsillitis (inflamed tonsils). Tonsils are lumps of tissue at the back of the throat on either side.
As part of the lymphatic system, the tonsils and adenoids function to clear away infection by trapping the germs entering the mouth and the nose. Tonsillitis is most common in children over age two. Almost every child in India suffers from it at least once.
Children between 5 and 15 years of age are most vulnerable to Tonsillitis which is caused by bacteria, while that caused by virus is more common in younger children. Adults rarely suffer from tonsillitis.
Tonsillitis is caused by both bacteria and virus.
While acute and the chronic types of tonsillitis are most common the other types of tonsillitis are:
Initial diagnosis is done by physical examination of the mouth, throat, ears and nose using a lighted instrument which may reveal swollen, tender glands.
Diagnosis is done based on symptoms which are basically enlarged tonsils, usually red with white spots or a rash in strep throat. The doctor uses a throat swab or a culture (of the tonsils) to identify bacterial infection. A Complete Blood Cell Count (CBC) may also be done to confirm the type of infection -bacteria or a virus.
Tonsillitis treatment is usually based on the type of tonsillitis, whether caused by a virus or bacteria.
Viral tonsillitis: A tonsillitis caused by a virus does not require antibiotics. The body will recover normally in 7 - 10 days. Medication may help to suppress symptoms.
Bacterial tonsillitis requires a course of antibiotic treatment. A recommended 10-day dose of antibiotics cure tonsillitis infection thoroughly. Incomplete treatment may cause serious complications. Short term therapies of 3-5 days are also helpful to treat the condition depending on the individual case.
Tonsillectomy or surgical removal of the tonsils may be preferred only as the last option when the Tonsillitis medicine or other therapies does not work. Frequently recurring tonsillitis that causes obstructive sleep apnea, difficulty in breathing or swallowing may require tonsillectomy, besides conditions such as chronic tonsillitis and removal of Peritonsillar abscesses.
BSR ENT Hospital is one of the renowned ENT Specialist Hospitals in Secunderabad with a high success rate of tonsillectomies and successful clinical outcomes, since the past 40 years.
Trained and Experienced Doctors: Highly qualified, experienced and trained ENT specialists like Dr. B. Shanker Rao, MS, DLO, FICS and Dr. B. Kalyan Chakravarthy, MS ENT / Head and Neck Surgeon, are skilled specialists in ENT care. Dr. Kalyan Chakravarthy is also a consultant with KIMS Hospitals, one of the largest Corporate Hospital groups in South India with tertiary and quaternary healthcare.
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