Query by a parent

My child is 6 year old. suffering from tonsillitis .due to this he getst sick once in a month. Doctor gives antibiotics and he gets well in 6 to 7days. Madam I want to know whether these antibiotics are  good for health or not some people tells me that  these lower the immunity. Is there any better medicine for tonsillitis.   



Tonsillitis,that is infection of tonsils, can be due to virus or bacteria.It is not always possible to distinguish between the two. At times one needs to do throat swab test for diagnosis. If it’s viral, no medicine is required except medicine to reduce fever, however if it is due to bacterial infection antibiotics are must.
I will advice you to get a throat swab done next time your child gets tonsillitis, and if it grows streptococcal bacteria then give antibiotics, otherwise no need for antibiotics.
Antibiotics will not harm your child in any way, however it should be given only if it is necessary.if throat swab grows streptococcal, antibiotics are must.


2 Responses to “Tonsillitis”

  1. Taiyab Ali Saifee Says:

    Thanx DR Rajrani for the information regarding tonsillitis….I would like to know if B-Haemolytic Streptococci is detected in throat swab than what should be the mode of treatment.

    • rajrani Says:

      A good question, Taiyab.
      If B-Haemolytic streptococci is detected, then one should give antibiotic, preferably amoxylin, for 10 days. This is necessary not only to cure the child of tonsillitis , but also to prevent rheumatic heart disease.

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