Tonsillitis And Tonsillectomy

Tonsillitis and Tonsillectomy: Putting It All Together

Here is a summary of the important facts and information related to tonsillitis and tonsillectomy:

  • Tonsillitis is an infection of the tonsils that can be caused either by a virus or by bacteria.
  • Sore throat, pain while swallowing, fever, and difficulty speaking are common symptoms of tonsillitis.
  • Penicillin is the best antibiotic for treating tonsillitis, unless your child is allergic to it. This medication should be taken for at least 10 days.
  • Most children do not require surgical removal of their tonsils. There are definite indications for removal.
  • Children who have surgery to remove the tonsils are often able to come home the same day, but should rest for 2 to 3 days and avoid vigorous exercise for 2 weeks.

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