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Pediatric Pharyngitis and Tonsillitis

Key points about pharyngitis and tonsillitis

  • Pharyngitis is inflammation of the throat. Tonsillitis is inflammation of the tonsils.
  • Viruses are the most common cause. They don't require antibiotics for treatment.
  • If bacteria are not the cause of the infection, treatment is focused on the comfort of your child.
  • If your child’s sore throat is severe and includes trouble swallowing or breathing, drooling, stiff neck or neck swelling, call 911 or your local emergency number.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Prevention and Risk Assessment

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Providers Who Treat Pharyngitis and Tonsillitis

    Departments that Treat Pharyngitis and Tonsillitis

    Ear, Nose and Throat (Otolaryngology)

    Our pediatric otolaryngology experts diagnose and treat a wide range of pediatric ear, nose and throat disorders.