Tonsillitis, a common condition among children, occurs when the tonsils — two masses of tissue at the back of the throat — become inflamed. The main symptoms include:
- Throat pain
- Loss of voice
- Difficulty swallowing or breathing through the mouth
- Swollen glands
When tonsillitis is caused by a bacterial infection, a physician likely will prescribe a course of antibiotics. When it is caused by a virus, it will go away on its own.
If the tonsillitis is recurrent, your physician may recommend removing the tonsils. “We only recommended tonsillectomy for infection when the number of infections exceed certain guidelines,” says Marc A. Sachs, MD, otolaryngologist, Saint Francis Medical Partner. “However, tonsil size may also be a reason for removal when the child has difficulty swallowing or breathing.”
To make an appointment with Sachs, call 573-331-3000.