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By Dr. Andrew Parker
March 23, 2017
Category: Health
Tags: tonsillitis   sore throat  

Are you concerned that your sore throat could actually be tonsillitis?tonsillitis

Every year bouts of nasty viruses infects countless people, causing common problems like sore throats. Initially, that sore throat might not be something too disconcerting, but our New Canaan and Norwalk, CT, serving the Westport, otolaryngologist, Dr. Andrew Parker, offers up some information on the signs that could be pointing to tonsillitis.

While anyone can develop tonsillitis, this condition that results in inflammation of the tonsils is most likely to infect school-age children. Some symptoms of tonsillitis include:

  • Inflamed, red tonsils
  • Sore throat
  • Problems swallowing
  • Patches on the tonsils (they may be white or yellow in color)
  • Swollen lymph nodes in the neck
  • Fever
  • Persistent and unexplained bad breath

Children who have tonsillitis might also have increased irritability, may not have an appetite or might even drool if it’s too painful to swallow.

When is it time to visit a doctor?

It isn’t always easy to know when it’s time to visit your New Canaan and Norwalk, CT, serving the Westport,  ENT doctor. Like most people, you may just wish to put it off until the last minute, but it’s a good idea to call our office and schedule an appointment for you or your child if:

  • You have a sore throat that persists for more than 2 days
  • If you have severe pain when swallowing
  • If you are extremely fatigued or feeling weak

It’s important to seek treatment immediately if you are having trouble breathing or if you are finding it nearly impossible to swallow, or if your child is drooling.

How is tonsillitis treated?

Regardless of whether a viral or bacterial infection is to blame, there are many at-home treatments you can employ to help manage your symptoms to help you feel better fast. Rest is always key when it comes to healing. You should also make sure you stay hydrated. Opt for broths and or even ice cream to help soothe your inflamed throat. To help reduce both pain and swelling you can also choose to gargle with salt water several times a day.

If our doctors determine that a bacterial infection is the cause of your tonsillitis then we will need to prescribe antibiotics. These antibiotics are necessary for fighting the infection and all instructions should be followed exactly, even when you start to feel better.

If you are concerned that your symptoms could be that of tonsillitis then it’s important that you give Parker Ear, Nose & Throat in New Canaan and Norwalk, CT, serving the Westport, a call today. The sooner you seek treatment the sooner you will find relief.

By Dr. Andrew Parker
October 25, 2016
Category: Health
Tags: tonsillitis   sore throat   throat  

Find out if your sore throat could be due to tonsillitis and what your treatment options are.

Most people can agree that a sore throat is pretty miserable. Not being able to enjoy all your favorite foods because tonsillitisit hurts to swallow can be a downright nuisance. Of course, you may be wondering if your symptoms could be due to an infection like strep or even tonsillitis. From the office of our Norwalk, Westport and New Canaan, CT ENT doctor, Dr. Andrew Parker, here are some of the telltale signs that you could possibly be dealing with tonsillitis.

Tonsils are the fleshy masses that are found in the back of your throat. They are designed to stop bacteria and germs from entering your body. However, they aren’t infallible and they too can fall victim to an infection. The two most common symptoms of tonsillitis include swelling of the tonsils and a sore throat. Along with these symptoms you may also experience any of these other common symptoms:

  • Blisters on the throat
  • Redness in the back of the throat
  • Tonsils that have a white or yellow coating
  • Problems swallowing
  • Swollen lymph nodes in the neck
  • Fever
  • Halitosis (bad breath)

Either bacteria or a virus is usually to blame for tonsillitis. And while this condition is usually more common in children, adults can also develop tonsillitis. Of course, in order to determine your course of treatment our ear, nose and throat specialist will need to determine the cause of your tonsillitis. One of the best ways to determine the cause of your symptoms is to take a quick swab of the throat and send it to a lab to have it tested.

If your results show that your tonsillitis is bacterial then you’ll be given a round of antibiotics to help knock out the infection. If your infection is viral antibiotics won’t be necessary, as they would work to treat tonsillitis caused by a virus. In fact, the body is pretty good at fighting off viral infections without even needing medication. Instead, we may recommend some lifestyle modifications to help speed up your recovery and promote faster healing.

If you truly have tonsillitis it is important to seek treatment as soon as possible. If you are noticing that you experience tonsillitis several times a year then it’s especially important that you call our Norwalk, Westport and New Canaan, CT ENT office to find out if getting your tonsils removed is the next best option. Call Parker Ear Nose & Throat today.

By Dr. Andrew Parker
August 18, 2016
Category: Health
Tags: tonsillitis   throat pain  

Are your tonsils inflamed? If you, or more likely, your child aged 5 to 15, is diagnosed with tonsillitis, it means the tonsilitistonsils are swollen, red and painful. Dr. Andrew Parker, your New Canaan and Norwalk otolaryngologist, diagnoses bacterial and viral tonsillitis, treating it accurately so young patients make a full recovery.

What are Tonsils?

Tonsils are oval-shaped pieces of lymphoid tissue located at the back most sides of the throat (pharyngeal tonsils) and back of the tongue (lingual tonsils). While small and insignificant looking, they defend against viruses and bacteria. Unfortunately, tonsils themselves become infected with the very things they try to protect us from--micro-organisms such as:

  • the Herpes visus
  • Streptococcus pyogenes
  • the Epstein-Barr virus
  • the measles virus

Kinds of Tonsilitis

Inflamed tonsils fall into three categories: acute, chronic and recurrent. While young children and adults may contract tonsillitis, the most common age group is school children, ages 5 to 15. Left untreated, tonsillitis, though common, can lead to serious complications such as rheumatic fever, which affects the heart and joints, and post streptococcal pyelonephritis, a serious infection of the kidneys.

Problems accompanying tonsillitis are a hoarse voice, fever, fatigue, bad breath, and difficulty/soreness associated with swallowing. Typically, these signs and symptoms bring patients to Dr. Parker's New Canaan or Norwalk office.

Other problems associated with inflamed tonsils include pus-filled abscess of the tonsils, labored and obstructed breathing and even sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when tonsils are so enlarged they block the airway, causing loud snoring and episodes of breathing cessation.

Diagnosing and Treating Enlarged Tonsils

At Parker Ear, Nose and Throat in New Canaan or Norwalk, your otolaryngologist will look down your throat with a small flashlight. He will also feel the cervical lymph nodes, check for fever and palpate the abdomen as the spleen sometimes is involved in tonsillitis. He will also swab the throat to test for strep bacteria.

When a throat culture is positive for strep bacteria, the doctor will prescribe penicillin or comparable antibiotic and recommend rest, extra hydration. saltwater gargling and over the counter pain relievers as needed. Very enlarged and repeatedly infected tonsils may require surgical removal, or tonsillectomy, usually performed on an outpatient basis.

Don't Ignore Inflamed Tonsils

If you or a loved one are suffering from sore, inflamed tonsils, don't wait. Call Dr. Andrew Parker at Parker Ear, Nose and Throat in Norwalk and New Canaan. Dr. Parker is a Diplomate of the American Board of Otolaryngology. You can trust him for accurate and compassionate diagnosis and treatment. Call (203) 866-8121 for an appointment.