Pharyngitis Dubai | 25 March 2022

If your child’s throat feels sore, this is likely because of redness and swelling (inflammation) of the throat. Two areas of the throat are most often affected. These are the pharynx and tonsils. Inflammation of the pharynx (pharyngitis) and inflammation of the tonsils (tonsillitis) are very common in children.

What causes pharyngitis or tonsillitis?

Most commonly, pharyngitis and tonsillitis are caused by a viral or bacterial infection.

What are the symptoms of pharyngitis or tonsillitis?

The main symptom of both conditions is a sore throat. Your child may also have a fever, redness or swelling of the throat, and trouble swallowing. You may feel lumps in the neck.

How is pharyngitis or tonsillitis diagnosed?

Dr. Barbara Karin Vela will look at your child’s throat. She might wipe (swab) your child’s throat. This swab will be tested for the bacteria that causes an infection called strep throat. If needed, a blood test can be done to check for a viral infection such as mononucleosis.

How is pharyngitis or tonsillitis treated?

If your child’s sore throat is caused by a bacterial infection, Dr. Barbara Karin Vela may prescribe antibiotics. Otherwise, you can treat your child’s sore throat at home. To do this:

– Give your child acetaminophen or ibuprofen to ease the pain. Don’t use ibuprofen in children younger than 6 months of age or in children who are dehydrated or vomiting all of the time. Ask Dr. Barbara Karin Vela about how much and when to give the medicine.

– Don’t give your child aspirin to relieve a fever. Using aspirin to treat a fever in children could cause a serious condition called Reye syndrome.

– Give your child cool liquids to drink.

– Have your child gargle with warm saltwater if it helps relieve pain.

– Try an over-the-counter throat numbing spray.

Always talk with Dr. Barbara Karin Vela before giving your child any over-the-counter medicines, especially if it’s the first time your child will be taking the medicine.

What are the long-term concerns?

If your child has frequent sore throats, take him or her to see Dr. Barbara Karin Vela. Removing the tonsils may help relieve your child’s recurring problems.

Dr Barbara Karin Vela is an International Member of Royal College Of General Practitioners, UK

Pharyngitis Dubai | 25 March 2022