Has your child complained of a sore throat? Are you yourself struggling to get rid of this common winter ailment?
Sore throats are so common at this time of year. They are usually due to viral infections lasting a few days. However, sometimes these can develop into bacterial tonsillitis. This can be a more serious condition that needs to be treated with antibiotics. If the tonsillitis becomes more frequent, a Tonsillectomy will be considered.
The NHS has an informative page with a checklist to see if you do in fact have tonsillitis https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/tonsillitis/It could also be helpful to speak to your pharmacist who can offer advice and suggest treatment.
At the ENT Clinic, we follow the national guidelines from NICE which recommend when a Tonsillectomy should be considered in order to maximise the benefit and minimise the risks.
Benefits include the following:
- the eradication of tonsillitis which improves quality of life
- no further sore throats
- no more time off work or school
- no further regular courses of antibiotics.
The main risk of having a Tonsillectomy is bleeding after surgery. This occurs in approximately 5% of patients who have their tonsils removed. Bleeding usually happens 5-10 days after surgery and you may need to be re-admitted for a short overnight hospital stay.
Click here to read more: https://www.theentclinic.co.uk/treatments/tonsillectomy/
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