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Tonsil Inflammation Causes & Symptoms


What is pediatric tonsil inflammation?

Tonsillitis, or the swelling and irritation of the mounds of tissue in the back of the mouth, occurs when the tonsils become infected. When this happens, tonsils become enlarged, red, and have a while coating over them. Children often have tonsillitis at some point during their childhood, as it can be spread easily from person to person.

What causes tonsillitis in children?

The tonsils help a child’s body to keep infections out of the body, and sometimes, this can cause infection in the tonsils themselves. Because it is often contagious, infections are also easily caught from another child or person suffering from the condition.

What are some pediatric tonsillitis symptoms?

Tonsil inflammation symptoms may include:

When should I take my child to a doctor for inflamed tonsils?

If your child experiences any of the above symptoms, it is important to visit an ear, nose and throat specialist to determine the cause of symptoms. At New York ENT, our physicians conduct a physical exam, which consists of feeling the child’s neck and jawline for swelling, examining the ears, nose and throat, and sometimes conducting diagnostic imaging tests.

How is tonsillitis treated?

Tonsillitis is usually treated with conservative methods, like rest, prescription medications, and sometimes nasal steroid sprays to reduce swelling. When symptoms persist for a long period of time or the condition is recurring, doctors may recommend a surgical procedure to remove the tonsils, called tonsillectomy. This procedure can be done in-office with a short recovery period.

If your child is suffering from inflamed tonsils, the first step is to schedule an evaluation with an experienced ear, nose and throat doctor. Board certified physicians with New York ENT have extensive experience diagnosing and treating a wide variety of throat conditions. Fill out the form on this page or call our office at (212) 873-6168 to schedule an appointment today.

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