If your child is experiencing a sore throat, difficulty swallowing or other symptoms that may indicate tonsillitis, you'll likely start with a visit to your family doctor or your child's pediatrician. You may be referred to a specialist in ear, nose and throat (ENT) disorders (otolaryngologist).
Your doctor is likely to ask you a number of questions about your child's condition. Be prepared to answer the following questions:
- When did the symptoms begin?
- If your child has had a fever, what was his or her temperature?
- Does he or she have difficulty swallowing foods, or does it hurt to swallow?
- Does anything improve symptoms, such as an over-the-counter pain reliever or warm liquids?
- Has your child been diagnosed with tonsillitis or strep throat before? If so, when?
- Do symptoms seem to affect his or her sleep?
- Has your child been exposed to anyone known to have strep throat?
Questions you may want to ask your doctor include the following:
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- How long will it take to get test results?
- What is the best course of treatment?
- Should I be concerned with how frequently my child is getting tonsillitis?
- When can my child go back to school or resume other activities?
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