caused by a virus typically lasts 4 to 10 days. A bacterial infection lasts
slightly longer. If symptoms include sore throat, fever above
, and swollen
lymph nodes, the infection might be caused by strep bacteria.
Strep throat, which must be diagnosed by a doctor,
requires antibiotic treatment.
In some cases, tonsillitis can
become chronic. Surgical removal of the tonsils (tonsillectomy) may be
recommended for you or your child based on past health and results of physical
Complications of tonsillitis
by strep bacteria that is not treated with antibiotics may result in
complications, such as ear and sinus infections or
pockets of infection outside the tonsils (peritonsillar abscess). More serious
complications, such as
rheumatic fever, may also occur.
Recurrent and ongoing (chronic) tonsillitis may obstruct the upper airway
and cause problems, such as snoring, nasal congestion, and mouth breathing.
Sometimes chronic tonsillitis can lead to more severe conditions, including
obstructive sleep apnea and heart and lung problems.
But most children with sleep apnea and enlarged tonsils do not have a history
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