Is Inflammation Of The Tonsils In Children Dangerous?
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Inflammation of the tonsils or tonsillitis is inflammation of the tonsil organs located at the back of the pharynx (the back of the oral cavity). The tonsils act as the immune system, they become swollen / inflamed in response to infection. Inflammation of the tonsils usually causes symptoms of sore throat, swallowing problems, enlarged glands in the neck and fever.
A fairly frequent cause of tonsillitis is a viral infection. Viral inflammation of the tonsils has flu-like symptoms. In addition, there can be complaints of tonsils that discharge pus (suppurative) in inflammation of the tonsils due to the Hemophilus Influenza virus, as well as small wounds in the Coxackie virus infection. Inflammation of the tonsils due to a viral infection usually resolves itself with rest and drinking enough water. Gargling with salt water can also reduce sore throat. In certain cases doctors give antivirals and pain relievers, vitamin supplements to increase immunity.
Inflammation of the tonsils, apart from being caused by viruses, can be caused by bacteria. Inflammation of the tonsils due to bacteria usually causes more severe symptoms, such as high fever, painful swallowing and sore throat, bad breath, decreased appetite, to shortness of breath when the tonsils are very large. In this type of inflammation of the tonsils, doctors usually provide additional antibiotics.
If you really feel the complaint is very disturbing, you can consult further with an ENT doctor. Usually the doctor will check the condition of your tonsils (redness, swelling, detritus / white spots), other supporting tests such as white blood levels in the blood, reactive protein (CRP), smears / swabs, and so on. Immediately consult a doctor if you experience complaints such as a severe sore throat, swelling in the back of the mouth / around the throat, difficulty swallowing, difficulty opening your mouth, and difficulty breathing.
Complications arising from untreated tonsillitis range from inflammation of the middle ear, sinusitis, peritonsillar abscess, to serious complications such as heart muscle infection and sepsis. Prevention of tonsillitis can be done by:
Consume foods that are nutritious and rich in vitamins. Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. Wash your hands before eating. Reducing the risk of contracting respiratory infections, for example by using a mask, reducing contact with those who have a cold cough, practicing proper cough etiquette, not spitting carelessly. Reducing consumption of unhygienic snacks. That's all the explanation above, hopefully it's useful.
dr. Saphira Evani