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As with any illness that your children might suffer, if you can recognise the symptoms of tonsillitis then you can act quickly should your children go down with it. Tonsillitis is a disease which involves the inflammation of the tonsils at the back of the throat. It is usually associated with children but adults can get it too. It can be caused by a viral or bacterial infection. Viruses that cause common colds are also responsible for tonsillitis.
Where are the tonsils?
Tonsils are the red, fleshy part of the back of the throat. They normally look red and clear. When you have tonsillitis, they become bigger, more vibrant red and can be covered in a white/grey substance or yellow spots. The tonsils actually form part of the body's immune system.
Symptoms of Tonsillitis:
Sore throat or neck
Nausea and being sick
Is it contagious?
Wash plates cups and cutlery in very hot water and do not share.
Throw away toothbrush as it may carry the infection.
Wash hands frequently.
Take the patient to the doctor for diagnosis, and to have a course of antibiotics prescribed. Things usually return to normal after a week or so but tonsillitis can recur. Encourage children to rest and to sip warm or room temperature drinks.
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