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Back to School ENT Health

It is back to school time again. That wonderful time of year that our kids start sharing germs that lead to illness. One of the most common complaints of school-age kids is a sore throat or tonsillitis. Tonsillitis can be caused by several things including postnasal drainage, allergic rhinitis, and viral or bacterial infections.

ENT evaluation is recommended if episodes of tonsillitis become recurrent. If your child begins to snore or have difficulty sleeping ENT evaluation is also important. Recurrent tonsillitis (6+ times per year) or obstructive sleep apnea combined with enlarged tonsils warrant a discussion about tonsillectomy.

A tonsillectomy is a surgical procedure to remove the tonsils. This procedure will likely improve sleep quality and eliminate the recurrence of strep throat. The recovery time for tonsillectomy varies from 10-14 days.

– Crystal Rice, MSN, FNP-C