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Palatine tonsils, popularly known as angina, are located on both sides of the throatThey are two masses of tissue with an oval shape and pink color and it is part of the body's defense system against infections, especially in our first years of life.
Tonsillitis is a common infection in children, it is advisable to go to the doctor at the slightest symptom. When these tonsillitis are also very repeated over time and present more complications for the child, the pediatrician may recommend the operation. We help you to recognize the main symptoms of angina in children and we explain when you should consult your pediatrician about the possible intervention.
When tonsillitis becomes inflamed, tonsillitis occurs. You are classified in viral and bacterial:
- In the case of viral tonsillitis: they are not treated with antibiotics.
- In the case of bacterial tonsillitis: Bacterial tonsillitis are the most serious, and are usually treated with antibiotics.
It is important to keep the defenses high to avoid these infections in children in turn hand washing helps prevent the spread or avoid these infections. But how do I know if my child has tonsillitis? Symptoms of tonsillitis include:
- Sore throat that can be severe This is undoubtedly the first symptom of angina. The child complains of a very sharp pain in the throat.
- Red and swollen tonsils. If you ask your child to open his mouth, and you look at him in the light, you will see that the tonsils are inflamed (somewhat larger than usual) and very red in color.
- Difficulty to swallow. When the child, who has already manifested a severe sore throat, begins to stop eating and reject food and even drink, it is a sign that it may be tonsillitis.
- A white or yellow coating on the tonsils. In addition to seeing angina that is redder than usual, when there is tonsillitis, a light whitish layer (like a spot) or small white dots may also be seen. Pediatricians call this 'plaques'.
- Swollen glands in the neck. Lymph nodes (found in the throat) trap and destroy germs. Being in the area of inflammation, they can also be affected.
- Fever. Angina usually cause a very high fever, above 38ºC.
- Bad breath. When angina is caused by bacteria, bad breath also occurs, especially if the infection is caused by streptococcus bacteria.
- Red spots on the tongue. On many occasions, tonsils are also accompanied by the appearance of little red dots on the tongue, in the deepest area, close to the tonsils. They can also be inflamed.
- Earache. Anginas also often cause headaches and earaches in children.
Sometimes, the pediatrician can assess whether the child needs surgery for angina. The decision is usually made by the recurrence of angina every year (for example, many doctors recommend the operation of angina in children with more than 7 episodes of tonsillitis a year) and the complications derived from these, such as recurrent otitis.
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