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Tonsillitis and Other Issues

Some children are prone to develop infections of the tonsils and/or adenoids, or tonsillitis. These infections can be caused by many different kinds of viruses and bacteria, though the germ most people hear about is streptococcus, or “strep throat.” If these infections are severe, or if they occur frequently, your provider may recommend that the tonsils and adenoids be removed. Symptoms of tonsil infection may include some or all of the following:

  • Chronic sore throat
  • Fever
  • Headaches
  • Swollen glands
  • Painful swallowing, and
  • Visual redness or drainage in the throat

Some people have large adenoids and tonsils that block their airway and can cause heavy snoring, constant mouth breathing, or sleep apnea. This can be another reason for surgery. Sleep apnea is on the rise as the most common indication for tonsil and adenoid surgery in children.