The adenoids and tonsils are the body's first defense against many viruses and bacteria. When these tissues detect possible threats, they release white blood cells and antibodies into the lymphatic system to fight infections. Sometimes the adenoids and tonsils get infected and inflamed. Los síntomas incluyen:

  • A white or yellow coating on the tonsils
  • Voice change due to swelling
  • Dolor de garganta
  • Uncomfortable or painful swallowing
  • Ear pain
  • Swollen lymph nodes (glands) in the neck
  • Fiebre 
  • Bad breath

Treatments include antibiotics for bacterial infections, especially streptococcus. If a child gets repeated infections despite using antibiotics, removal of the tonsils and adenoids may be recommended.