Find out more about this throat infection and how your Woodbridge pediatrician treats tonsillitis.
Is your child complaining of a sore throat? While there are many causes for a sore throat, one of them could be tonsillitis, a viral or bacterial infection that affects the tonsils. Find out more about this condition and when your child should visit their Woodbridge, NJ pediatrician.
What is tonsillitis?
The tonsils are the tissues found in the back of the throat. They help protect your body from infections that enter through your mouth. Tonsillitis is an infection of the tonsils that causes swelling, redness and pain of the tonsil. Some of these infections can even be contagious.
What are the symptoms?
The most common symptoms of tonsillitis are a sore throat, swollen lymph nodes in the neck, problems swallowing and a fever. Not all symptoms need to present for your child to have tonsillitis.
Symptoms of bacterial tonsillitis also include a white or yellow coating over the tonsils, a skin rash, abdominal pain and pain on only one side of the throat.
When is it time to see your Woodbridge, NJ pediatrician?
If your child has a temperature of 101 F or swollen lymph nodes, you need to come see us right away. Depending on whether the issue is bacteria or a virus, which only a doctor can determine, your child may need antibiotics,
If your child also has several bouts of tonsillitis in one year even after seeking treatment, you should also see your Woodbridge, NJ pediatrician about other ways to handle your child’s chronic infections.
How is tonsillitis treated?
A virus or bacteria can cause tonsillitis. Your Woodbridge, NJ pediatrician will be able to tell which type of tonsillitis your child has by performing an exam and taking a throat culture to check for streptococcus bacteria.
Viral tonsillitis will not require treatment, as the body’s immune system will be able to fight the infection. Antibiotics are not effective for fighting a viral infection. On the other hand, if your child has bacterial tonsillitis then your Woodbridge, NJ pediatrician will most likely prescribe antibiotics.
If you child is displaying symptoms of tonsillitis then it’s time to come in for a proper diagnosis and treatment. Contact your Woodbridge, NJ pediatrician at Edison Pediatrics today.
your child may need antibiotics,