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What happens if tonsillitis is left untreated?

What happens if tonsillitis is left untreated?

If tonsillitis is left untreated, a complication can develop called a peritonsillar abscess. This is an area around the tonsils that’s filled with bacteria, and it can cause these symptoms: Severe throat pain. Muffled voice.

When to know if your child has tonsillitis?

Tonsils are part of the immune system. They help fight infection. Recurrent tonsillitis is when your child has tonsillitis many times in 1 year. Chronic tonsillitis is when your child has a sore throat that lasts 3 months or longer. What causes tonsillitis? Tonsillitis may be caused by a bacterial or a viral infection.

What to do when your child has tonsils removed?

Your child may need any of the following: Acetaminophen decreases pain and fever. NSAIDs , such as ibuprofen, help decrease swelling, pain, and fever. Antibiotics help treat a bacterial infection. A tonsillectomy is surgery to remove your child’s tonsils.

When to consider a tonsillectomy for a sore throat?

In general, tonsillectomy may be considered if a child has seven sore throat episodes in 1 year, five episodes 2 years in a row, or three episodes 3 years in a row. How Can I Help My Child Feel Better? Make sure that your child drinks lots of fluids and gets plenty of rest. If swallowing hurts, serve liquids and soft foods.

What should I Feed my Child with tonsillitis?

If swallowing hurts, serve liquids and soft foods. Some kids prefer warm drinks, like soup or sweetened tea. Other kids like the feel of cold or frozen foods on their throat, such as milkshakes, smoothies, ice pops, or ice cream. Older kids can suck on hard candies or throat lozenges.

Tonsils are part of the immune system. They help fight infection. Recurrent tonsillitis is when your child has tonsillitis many times in 1 year. Chronic tonsillitis is when your child has a sore throat that lasts 3 months or longer. What causes tonsillitis? Tonsillitis may be caused by a bacterial or a viral infection.

How can I prevent my child from getting tonsillitis?

Although tonsillitis is not contagious, the viruses and bacteria that cause it are contagious. Frequent handwashing can help prevent spreading or catching the infections. What are the symptoms of tonsillitis? When should I get medical help for my child? You should get emergency care right away if your child How is tonsillitis diagnosed?

How to tell if you have tonsillitis in the back of your throat?

The tonsils at the back of your throat will be red and swollen. Tonsils with pus-filled spots at the back of the throat. Look at other sore throat symptoms. Symptoms will usually go away after 3 to 4 days.

When do you need to have your tonsils taken out?

It’s very rare that someone needs to have their tonsils taken out. This is usually only the case if you have severe tonsillitis that keeps coming back. Complications with tonsillitis are very rare. If they happen, they mostly affect young children aged 2 to 4.