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Child having throat pain, swollen. Hurts to swallow, cough. What could this be?

My 5yr old son suddenly started crying saying that his throat really hurt! It hurt to swallow , cough , etc. He did not eat/ingest anything and did not have a fever . I looked at his throat and his tonsils were extremely swollen. They looked like little water balloons, almost touching, very smooth. I gave him a sucrets, and we left for Urgent Care. About 10 mins later, he said that he felt better. Just as quickly as it happened, it was back to normal! Is this a sign of anything??
Asked On : Sat, 22 Dec 2012
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Hello and welcome to Healthcare Magic. Thanks for your query.

It is unlikely for a acute tonsillitis to subside within minutes. However it could be possible that your son must have had an acute irritation in the throat causing him to cry, and which could have soothed and subsided with the throat lozenges. I don't think that this is a specific sign of something worrying.

I hope you that your son has been examined at the Urgent Care facility and advised further treatment. Drinking hot fluids frequently can also help in reducing the inflammation and discomfort.

Best wishes,
Dr. Sheeba Stephen
Answered: Sat, 22 Dec 2012
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