• Swollen tonsils
  • Persistent sore throat
  • Difficult or painful swallowing
  • Tender lymph nodes
  • Bad breath

Quick Fact 

Your tonsils are your body’s first line of defense against bacteria and viruses that enter through the mouth. This is why they are susceptible to inflammation.

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How is Tonsillitis Diagnosed?

Tonsillitis can be diagnosed during a routine examination with your child’s ear, nose and throat doctor. During that appointment, the physician will:

  • Feel the neck to look for swollen glands
  • View the throat, ears and nose with a lighted instrument
  • Listen to your child’s breathing with a stethoscope
  • Perform a throat swab to check for streptococcal bacteria

Fighting Tonsillitis with Antibiotics

Many cases of tonsillitis don’t require antibiotics because they are caused by a virus. However, if your child’s tonsillitis is the result of a bacterial infection, antibiotics, such as penicillin, may be prescribed.

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Tonsillitis FAQs

How is Tonsillitis Treated?

If your child is diagnosed with tonsillitis, your doctor will recommend at-home care. While the infection runs its course, your child should:

  • Gargle often with warm salt water
  • Hydrate with fluids, such as tea, soup and juice
  • Get plenty of rest
  • Use throat lozenges
  • Use a humidifier in the bedroom

If your child is in pain or running a fever, you may administer over-the-counter pain medications, such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen.

Should Your Child Have Their Tonsils Removed?

Your SFENTA™ doctor may recommend a tonsillectomy if your child suffers from recurring and frequent tonsillitis episodes, or if the condition is associated with serious complications, such as breathing challenges, swallowing difficulties and sleep apnea.

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