Tonsillitis is a very common infection in children, learn to identify it and treat it effectively so that it does not attack them again.
Tonsillitis is the most common infection in children, and it is nothing more than inflammation and subsequent infection of the tonsils , which are the glands that are located in the back of the mouth and upper part of the throat. Its most obvious sign is that the tonsils, which can be seen on both sides, are more reddened than usual and look like two ping-pong balls, giving episodes of fever . This infection is also known as angina.
These glands, which are the tonsils, have the function of defending the throat area from possible infections that can attack the body and until a few years ago it was very common that when they had tonsillitis or tonsillitis very often, they would end up being removed when children were still little ones. Today there are many solutions that we can find to treat this problem before removing them , since after all they are an important part of our body to create antibodies.
WHY DO ANGINA APPEAR IN CHILDREN?
To begin with, we must know that there are two types of tonsillitis or angina, depending on the origin of the infection. There are viral and bacterial tonsillitis , which are the main causes of children developing this disease. The difference between the two is that viral tonsillitis usually occurs in children younger than 3 years old, and bacterial tonsillitis usually occurs in older children, around 5 years of age.
There is also the possibility that angina appears as a consequence of other diseases that affect the lymphatic system, such as mononucleosis or “kissing disease”
SYMPTOMS OF TONSILLITIS
Tonsillitis usually always presents the same symptoms, although depending on its origin it can appear in a different way and with some variety. In most cases, children will present with episodes of fever, accompanied by a sore throat and other catarrhal symptoms such as a runny nose.
When performing an exploration of the area with a medical examination, we will see that in the back of the mouth, on both sides of the uvula, the tonsils will be red and swollen. In the case of bacterial tonsils, we will also find pus, which is represented in the tonsils in the form of white dots, also known as plaques.
DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT
When children present with angina symptoms, the first thing they will complain of is a sore throat, so it is best to perform a throat examination. If it is red or inflamed, we will go to the medical assistance clinic for a complete examination and diagnose whether we are indeed dealing with a case of tonsillitis.
The pediatrician will do a clinical examination observing all the symptoms, in addition to the examination of the throat, will take the temperature of the child to see if he has a fever and will determine the treatment to follow. If it is a viral tonsillitis, antibiotics are not administered, while in those produced by bacteria they are, because it is a more complicated infection that can affect other areas of the body. If it is a viral tonsillitis, antibiotics are not administered but the progression of the disease is observed, which usually disappears after a few days. For this it is recommended not to eat very hot food , but to drink cold liquids that relieve irritation and inflammation.
Most children will notice the improvement of the disease in a few days or weeks, without the need for severe treatment, but there are some cases in which eventually it will be necessary to resort to the removal of the tonsils. This occurs in cases in which the angina appears very frequently or the infection is very strong, and can cause other problems in children, such as snoring at night and having trouble breathing, or that the fever is so high that it causes seizures
From PregDream we always recommend that in the face of any symptoms in children we do not get alert and go to our pediatrician as soon as possible, who will carry out the diagnosis and pertinent treatment for each case.
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