Your child is complaining of a sore throat. As the day goes on, you notice fever, malaise, and difficulty swallowing. Could this be tonsillitis? A simple visual inspection and strep culture at Children's Ear, Nose Throat and Allergy in Orlando can pinpoint tonsillitis and its potentially serious complications. Trust the expertise of these pediatric otolaryngologists to get your child healthy and pain-free again.
Your child's tonsils
They are located at the back of the throat. Like lymph tissue, tonsils play a role in fighting infection, but they, in turn, become infected themselves when they encounter certain viruses (such as the Epstein-Barr virus) or Strep bacteria. Most children between the ages of five and 15 experience tonsillitis at least once, says the American Academy of Otolaryngology, and while most cases resolve within one or two weeks, other are more serious.
Symptoms of tonsillitis
Acute tonsillitis in Orlando has some familiar symptoms: sore throat, fever, fatigue, bad breath and swollen lymph nodes. Your pediatric otolaryngologist will see a pronounced redness at the back of the throat, and in severe cases, pus and petechiae, or spots of blood.
Usually, the doctor will swab the back of the throat to obtain a sample for culture. With a positive result, he or she likely will prescribe a course of antibiotics and comfort measures such as rest, over the counter analgesics and a soft diet. Children fully recover from tonsillitis within a week.
Types of tonsillitis
Tonsillitis may be acute (the most common type), recurrent or chronic. Chronic tonsillitis presents as a continual sore throat while recurrent is diagnosed when the illness resolves but occurs again relatively quickly. Peritonsillar abscess is a serious complication of tonsillitis in which the tissues are so infected that they swell, drain pus, cause snoring, distorted speech and mouth-breathing and may interfere with the airway. These abscesses often need surgical excision and IV antibiotics.
If your child's sore throat persists, it may be tonsillitis. Find out for sure by coming to Children's Ear, Nose, Throat and Allergy for a consultation. We have two offices in Orlando and one in Maitland for your convenience. Call (407) 253-1000.