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2 year old having red lines on tonsils. Suffers from frequent sinus or ear infections. Cure?

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My 2 year old has red lines on his tonsils. They almost look like cuts. He is not having any other obvious symptoms. What should I do? I hate to take him to the doctors office as he often gets sick there, and we are going out of the country in 2 days. He has sinus or ear infections almost every month and has been on antibiotics 7 or 8 times since November.
Posted Tue, 26 Jun 2012 in Child Health
Answered by Dr. Raju A.T 30 minutes later

Thanks for your query.

The redline if are not perfectly straight , could be dilated blood vessels due to inflammation due to tonsillitis.

Regular gargling or washing mouth with antiseptic solution like Chlorhexidine and steam inhalation with eycalyptus can reduce the severity and prevent the recurrence.But I feel there is a need for detailed examination to rule out underlying conditions like cystic fibrosis, vasculitis etc which can present with recurrent Upper respiratory tract infections.

You can now give him steam inhalation and make him wash his mouth with Chlorhexidine, this will certainly help.

Wish you good health.
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Follow-up: 2 year old having red lines on tonsils. Suffers from frequent sinus or ear infections. Cure? 26 minutes later
Would it be appropriate to wait to see doctor until after vacation? Does tonsilitis clear on its own? (Also, he tested negative for cystic fibrosis when a baby. Was having trouble thriving at young age.)
Answered by Dr. Raju A.T 4 minutes later
Hi again,

Thanks for writing back.

With remedies like Chlorhexidine I would say waiting could be a choice, but if you see any worsening of the condition then it would be very essential for him to be taken to the doctor.

Wish you good health.
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