If the child is displaying the symptoms of tonsillitis and has had a sore throat for more than 48 hours, especially when accompanied by a fever, a doctor should be called.
The acute infections are usually referred to as tonsillitis, the adenoids getting little recognition because they cannot be seen without special instruments.
Tonsillitis is an infection and swelling of the tonsils, which are oval-shaped masses of lymph gland tissue located on both sides of the back of the throat.
If the child has several episodes of severe tonsillitis, the doctor may recommend a tonsillectomy, which is the surgical removal of the tonsils.
Tonsillitis is transmitted from one person to another in the same way that many common diseases are, such as by coughing and sneezing.
People who are caring for someone with tonsillitis should wash their hands frequently to prevent spreading the infection to others.
Streptococcus pyogenes, the bacterium that causes "strep" throat, is the most common bacterial agent responsible for tonsillitis.
The glycerin is used in tonsillitis and the lozenges in pharyngitis.
Its special uses are in ulceration of the mouth or tongue (ulcerative stomatitis), tonsillitis and pharyngitis.
Oxygen may be applied locally as a disinfectant to foul and diseased surfaces by the use of the peroxide of hydrogen, which readily parts with its oxygen; a solution of hydrogen peroxide therefore forms a valuable spray in diphtheria, tonsillitis, laryngeal tuberculosis and ozaena.