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What is tonsillitis?

Tonsillitis is a condition that occurs when the tonsils (the lymph nodes at the back of the throat) become infected. When functioning correctly, the tonsils work by producing the white blood cells necessary for fighting off bacteria and viruses. But sometimes, these bacteria and viruses infect the tonsils, leading to tonsillitis.

What causes it?

Tonsillitis is caused by one of a number of viruses, or by bacteria. The condition can be easily transmitted by coughing or sneezing, particularly among children who are exposed to viruses and bacteria at school and crèches.

What are the symptoms?

The most common symptoms of the condition include a sore throat, difficulty in swallowing and hoarseness of voice. Your child may also complain of headaches and may have an associated fever. His or her tonsils are likely to look red and swollen, and may present with yellow or white spots.

How can it be treated?

Dr Moodley will examine the throat carefully to check for signs of infection. In some cases, she may require a throat culture sample to be sent for testing, in order to check what has caused the infection.

Antibiotics may be prescribed to treat the infection.



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