Treating The Condition
Tonsillitis and adenoiditis are infections of the tonsils and adenoids. These infections may be viral or bacterial and are more common in children than adults. The most common bacteria that infects the tonsils and adenoids is a form of Streptococcus often called strep throat. Treatment for bacterial infections of the tonsils usually requires a course of oral antibiotics. If the infections are left untreated or they do not respond to the antibiotics prescribed, tonsillitis can progress to a peritonsillar abscess. A peritonsillar abscess is a collection of pus around the tonsil that causes increased swelling and throat pain. A peritonsillar abscess typically requires surgical drainage that in many cases can be performed in the office with local anesthesia. In certain cases, particularly in children, this needs to be performed in the hospital under general anesthesia.
If the infections of the tonsils and adenoids become frequent affecting quality of life and missed school or work becomes problematic, or if a patient develops a recurrent peritonsillar abscess, then removal of tonsils and adenoids may be recommended. At Queen City Ear, Nose & Throat the physicians use the latest technology called Coblation that uses radiofrequency energy to remove the tonsils and adenoids. This results in less pain after surgery and a quicker recovery time. Most healthy children over three years old can go home the same day after surgery.
If you or a family member are suffering from recurrent tonsil infections call Queen City Ear Nose and Throat at (704) 703-1080 or book an appointment online today.