Tonsillitis

The tonsils are two masses of lymphoid tissue located in the back of the throat. They collect bacteria and viruses that cause upper respiratory tract infections and help produce proteins that help the body fight infections. Although the tonsils have a role in helping treat infection, they can also become part of the infection. When this happens, it is known as tonsillitis. When a child has reoccurring tonsillitis, removing the tonsils can improve a child’s health. Removing the tonsils does not increase infections or a loss of immune function since there are hundreds of other lymph nodes in the head and neck that perform the same function.

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Signs and Symptoms

  • A sore and inflamed throat
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Earache
  • Enlarged and tender glands in the neck
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Poor weight gain
  • Refusing to eat

When to See a Specialist

A pediatric ear, nose and throat specialist will help to determine whether a surgical procedure may be helpful for your child. You should see a specialist about tonsillitis if:

  • Your child has chronic tonsillitis or frequent infections
  • An abscess or collection of pus develops around the tonsils and needs to be drained
  • If enlargement of only one tonsil occurs (this may be suggestive of a malignancy and needs to be removed for biopsy)

Meet Our Pediatric Tonsillitis Specialists

Thomas Andrews, MD ENT / Otolaryngology

Dr. Andrews is a pediatric ear, nose and throat surgeon at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. He sees patients in the Brandon, Clearwater, Odessa, Sarasota, and Tampa locations of Pediatric Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery Associates, PA and the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Outpatient Care location in St. Petersburg.
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Peter Karempelis, MD ENT / Otolaryngology

Dr. Karempelis is a pediatric ear, nose and throat surgeon at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. He sees patients in the Brandon, Clearwater, Odessa, Sarasota, and Tampa locations of Pediatric Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery Associates, PA and the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Outpatient Care location in St. Petersburg.
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Rose Trowbridge, MD ENT / Otolaryngology

Dr. Trowbridge is a pediatric ear, nose and throat surgeon at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. She sees patients in the Brandon, Clearwater, Odessa, Sarasota, and Tampa locations of Pediatric Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery Associates, PA and the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Outpatient Care location in St. Petersburg.
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Kathleen Wasylik, MD ENT / Otolaryngology

Dr. Wasylik is a pediatric ear, nose and throat surgeon at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. She sees patients in the Brandon, Clearwater, Odessa, Sarasota, and Tampa locations of Pediatric Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery Associates, PA and the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Outpatient Care location in St. Petersburg.
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 Pediatric Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists

Pediatric Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists provide surgery and services at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital and its Outpatient Care Center in St. Petersburg. Find a specialist at one of these locations:

PHONE: 727-329-5400 FAX: 727-329-5401

Johns Hopkins All Children’s Outpatient Care St. Petersburg

601 5th Street South, Suite 701, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Brandon Office

10080 Balaye Run Drive, Tampa, FL 33619

Clearwater Office

1700 McMullen Booth Road, Suite B1, Clearwater, FL 33759

Odessa Office

14111 State Road 54, Odessa, FL 33556

Sarasota Office

5911 North Honore Avenue, Suite 116, Sarasota, FL 34243

Tampa Office

4726 North Habana Avenue, Suite 204, Tampa, FL 33614