Rather than associating tonsillitis with pain and meds any of us would be sure to link it up with ice creams and frozen treats instantly. Its around summer time and I am sure each of us are planning to splurge on some exotic ice cream treats and cool mocktails. The intense heat, continuous sweat and unending chilled treats are sure to take a toll on our health one time or the other in the form of cold, flu or even tonsillitis. We finish up on a complete course of antibiotics, couple of days of leave and getting back to normal from weakness but again there are chances of tonsillitis striking the individual. In cases of recurrent attack what is the best course of action to follow?
Bacterial or Viral?
Tonsillitis is an infection commonly witnessed among children but teens and adults too can be victims rarely. But if you want a thorough insight into this illness it is better to ask someone who is a parent of a small child as they are thorough about its symptoms and pain from their little one’s infections.
Tonsils are two small soft tissues masses located at the back of the throat. Their main function is to fight against infections playing the perfect role of a defense mechanism. Any inflammation of these tissues paves way for tonsillitis that’s usually due to a virus or sometimes might be due to bacterial infections caused by the strep bacteria,Streptococcus pyogenes. Most preschoolers and young kids are victims to tonsillitis (called as strep throat) due strep bacteria which manifests itself with symptoms such as sore throat, fever and swelling of the lymph nodes and tonsils.
Tonsillitis presents itself with symptoms of a cold or flu such as coughing, headache, sickness, tiredness, earache, hoarseness, swallowing difficulties and high body temperature. A person affected by tonsillitis feels a painful sensation in the neck due to the swollen tonsil glands and sometimes even suffer from bad breath. The symptoms disappear in a couple of days. So, how do we treat the illness?
If the infection is viral there is no use dispensing antibiotics but if it is bacterial, the same physician is sure to prescribe antibiotics as treatments. Then what about dispensing cold medications for treating those infections due to a virus? Helpful in no aspect! We have been using antibiotics regularly and developed a resistance to it-antibiotics resistance has become an explosive problem that needs immediate attention to stave off further damage. For more details about antibiotic resistance and its impending side effects please visit the website www.firsteatright.com. Strep throat (which is due to bacteria) is often cured using antibiotics but sometimes the children get the disease repeatedly (recurrent tonsillitis). These kids are advised to get their tonsils removed surgically. What remains unclear is what exactly is the factor that makes some children likelier than others to suffer from recurrent tonsillitis.
Does theStreptococcus Bacteria Love Some of the Children?
A research team acquired tissue samples from 66 children whose tonsils were removed due to recurrent tonsillitis and from 80 children whose tonsils were removed due to other medical conditions such as sleep apnea. T-helper cells or T cells are a type of famous immune cells that help another type of immune cells (B cells) produce the perfect antibiotics against bacteria and viruses. It was found that in children with recurrent tonsillitis there was a higher number of novel TFH cell type and fewer numbers of B cells.
There seems to be a genetic component attached to this process in the case of children affected by recurrent tonsillitis. The research team could even single out certain genetic variations in the immune system that increased the risk of recurrent tonsillitis.
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