What do I need to know about caring for someone with tonsillitis?

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When your youngster has tonsillitis, the sore throat and difficulty swallowing will make it hard for them to eat or drink. Encourage your child to rest as much as possible while they are getting over tonsillitis. Making sure that you follow your doctor's instructions for your child's medication that will help cure the infection and help with the pain of the sore throat. Helping your child to gargle with salt water can treat throat discomfort as well. Some cleaning products and cigarette smoke could aggravate throat pain, so try to avoid those things while your child is recuperating.

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Viral Throat Infections

Viral Throat Infections

Aside from strep throat, most sore throats caused by are contagious, viral throat infections that cannot be treated with antibiotics. The most common culprits of a viral throat infection include coxsackievirus, mononucleosis, and ...

the flu. Mononucleosis (mono) is a virus that causes symptoms that can last for weeks or months at a time. Viral throat infections are best treated with rest, liquids and other home remedies. If the sore throat causes you to have trouble breathing or a high fever, or results in spots in the back of your throat, call your doctor.
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