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Child suffering from throat infection, taken Antibiotics with temporary relief. Best medicine?

Sir, My daughter who is 8 years old is suffering from throat infection ( tonsilitis ) every few days.She was on certain anti biotics and seems to improve immediately when put on medicines but reappears after few days.Normally throat pain accompanies with fever and lips become more reddish.Pl help me .What medicines are best suited for her sir?
Asked On : Mon, 4 Mar 2013
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Hello and welcome to Healthcare Magic. Thanks for your query.

As you have stated that, your child is suffering from frequent tosillitis , I would suggest you to consult a pediatrician as your child requires through physical examination and few basic blood to look for his immune status as well as any other foci of infections from which he is getting frequently infected. That could be even dental carries.

Tonsillitis is usually diagnosed based on a combination of symptoms and physical examination.

Give pain-relieving syrup and plenty of fluids to keep your child hydrated properly.

Maintaining proper oral hygine is also very important

Most of the time tonsillitis is caused by bacteria, antibiotics are usually given, particularly if the tonsillitis is severe. This used to be because of concern that a streptococcal infection, such as rheumatic fever might develop, but this is very rare nowadays.

If its due to viral infection, the treatment will be only supportive measures like pain management, proper hydration of child and bed rest.

Most children recover in a few days, but some get frequent bouts of tonsillitis.

One relatively common complication of tonsillitis is the development of an abscess in the tissues around the tonsil, known as a peritonsillar abscess, or quinsy.
Pus collects around the tonsil and may spread over the roof of the mouth (the palate) and to the neck, chest and lungs. Symptoms include swelling of the face and neck, problems opening the mouth, fever, and intensely foul smelling breath.
An abscess may block the airway causing breathing problems, which can be a life-threatening emergency.
Peritonsillar abscesses are often caused by a type of bacteria called Group A beta-hemolytic streptococci. Antibiotics must be given and a small operation is also usually necessary to drain the pus out of the abscess.

If your child gets frequent severe tonsillitis, you may have to talk to your doctor about tonsillectomy option if required. This operation to remove the tonsils is done less often nowadays but may still be recommended for children with recurrent tonsillitis or when the tonsils are so large they cause obstructive sleep apnoea, with poor performance at school and growth problems.

Hope I have answered your question

Dr. Sheeba Stephen
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Answered: Mon, 4 Mar 2013
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