Did you know that most American children get tonsillitis at least once? Did you know it may be caused by either a virus or a bacteria (typically, streptococcus)? If your child has a sore throat, fever, and enlarged lymph nodes, it's most likely tonsilitis, and it can be relieved with treatment from the experts at Lafayette Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists in Lafayette, LA. Dr. John Alldredge, Dr. C. Barrett Alldredge, and Dr. Denbo Montgomery see numerous patients with this acute or chronic condition, and they'll put your child on the road to recovery quickly.
Causes and symptoms of tonsillitis in Lafayette
The American Academy of Otolaryngology reports that most cases of tonsillitis occur in the five to 15 age group. However, adults can suffer from it, too, usually in the form of very painful tonsillar abscesses. Other forms of tonsillitis are acute, chronic, recurrent, last about four days, have many episodes a year, and seem to be an ongoing infection.
Where does tonsillitis occur? It affects the lymphoid tissue at the back of the throat and base of the tongue and frequently infects and enlarges both sides of the throat at once. Strep bacteria or 4 kinds of highly contagious viruses cause tonsillitis. They are:
- the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)
- the Measles virus
Sometimes developing very quickly, symptoms of this common childhood disease include:
- Bad breath
- Lymph node swelling
- Obvious swelling and redness of the tonsils (upon visual inspection)
- Extreme hoarseness
- Pinpoint red spots at the back of the throat
- Difficulty opening the mouth
- Mouth breathing
In extreme cases, tonsillitis may impair the airway. Your otolaryngologists in Lafayette recommend an in-office check-up and throat culture to determine the causative agent and to determine the best course of treatment for your child.
Treating infected tonsils in Lafayette
ENT physicians use antibiotic therapy for tonsillitis caused by Strep bacteria. While years ago, physicians routinely performed tonsillectomies on young children, only extreme and recurring cases warrant surgery. Your ENT physician will drain a tonsillar abscess. Additionally, the doctors recommend rest, plenty of fluids, over the counter analgesics and a liquid to very soft diet as tolerated during recovery.
Parents, knowing the symptoms of infected tonsils is half the battle. The other part is proper treatment from your the professional team at Lafayette Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists. We have appointment times Monday through Friday, so call right away when the need arises: (337) 232-2330.