Managing Tonsillitis: When To See An ENT Doctor

Even the healthiest ones amongst us might have had a throat ache or two in our lives. Most throat aches are caused by the inflammation of pharyngeal tonsils during a viral attack such as a common cold. However, for some people, their tonsils tend to get inflamed for the smallest of reasons. This can happen suddenly (acute) or can be persistent (chronic) inflammation of the tonsil glands. ENT specialists in Sharjah commonly describe this condition as pharyngitis or tonsillitis. Although tonsillitis is most commonly seen in children, it also affects adults. As mentioned before, it is caused by a viral or bacterial infection. The affected person will suffer from fever, swollen lymph nodes and a sore throat. However, the severity of the symptoms depends upon the type of tonsillitis the person suffers from. Acute tonsillitis  Acute tonsillitis occurs mostly in children. The symptoms include a fever, sore throat with bad breath, painful and difficulty swallowing, tender lymph nodes in the neck, redness/ white patches/pus of the tonsils, dehydration and tiredness. ENT specialists in Sharjah prescribe antibiotics, which causes the symptoms to reduce in three to four days with medication.  Chronic tonsillitis Some patients, however, experience recurrent episodes of acute tonsilitis which return right after completing a course of antibiotic. This is called chronic tonsillitis. The symptoms are very similar to acute tonsillitis. A chronic sore throat usually leads to the formation of tonsil stones, which are debris collected on the tonsils. In worst cases, a peritonsillar abscess occurs, which is a pus pocket that develops around the tonsil. This is mostly seen in adults and adolescents, but can occasionally occur in children. The formation of peritonsillar abscess causes bad breath, severe pain, muffled voice and difficulty in opening the mouth. Managing tonsillitis Patients, both children and adults must visit a medical center to consult an ENT specialist in Sharjah. The ENT specialist will determine the type of infection by taking a swab test or throat culture of the tonsils or pharynx.Viral tonsillitis usually gets better without special medicines. Viral tonsillitis is normally treated with pain control medication, with additional advice of staying hydrated. However, bacterial tonsillitis is usually treated with antibiotics to help prevent complications. Your ENT Specialist in Sharjah will prescribe medicines that include clindamycin, macrolides, penicillins and cephalosporins. Home remedies for tonsillitisYour ENT in Sharjah will recommend a few home remedies to reduce the pain during the course of the infection. These include – 
  • Salt water gargling
  • Using lozenges
  • Drinking warm water/tea with honey
Consult your ENT specialist at IBO medical center in Sharjah at the earliest if you suffer from one or more of the symptoms of tonsilitis
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