Open wide, It's tonsil time!

OPEN WIDE, ITS TONSIL TIME!


Have you ever heard your doctor say “Open Wide?” When your doctor says this it means they want to look at the back of your throat where two grape-like tonsils are. Tonsils are oval-shaped and there is one on the left side and one on the right side.

Tonsils have a very important job for your body: to protect the inside of your body from getting invaded by germs, or groups of tiny and sneaky living creatures, and making you sick. You can think of tonsils as a bodyguard for the inside of your body.



The tonsils are the two red oval-shaped

things in the back of this child’s throat.


WHAT CAUSES TONSILS TO GET INFECTED?


Has the back of your throat ever felt very painful and sore? The pain that you feel is from your tonsils getting invaded by germs. There are two types of germs that can invade your tonsils and make you sick: bacteria and viruses. Bacteria are tiny creatures that get their nutrients to survive from the environment, and viruses are tiny creatures that need to be inside another living creature in order to survive.

When germs get into your body and invade your tonsils, your tonsils will be unable to complete their job of protecting the inside of your body. Your may hear your doctor use the word tonsilitis when your tonsils get invaded by these germs. Tonsilitis is a fancy word for saying that a germ got into your body and is why you are feeling sick. When you have tonsilitis, your tonsils will be red, swollen, feel sore, there may be yellow and white on your tonsils, and you may have bad breath, a headache, and a stomachache.


A photo that is showing the difference between

what normal tonsils look like and what tonsils invaded by germs look like.



HOW DO GERM-INVADED TONSILS GET CURED?


A common way to cure tonsilitis is your doctor giving you a type of medicine called antibiotics. Many times these antibiotics will be able to cure your invaded tonsils, but what happens if they do not work, and your tonsils keep getting invaded with germs and keep getting large, making it hard to breath while sleeping? If this happens to you, your doctor might want you to have something called a tonsillectomy. A tonsillectomy is a fancy word for a surgery, where doctors fix your germ-invaded tonsils, by taking your tonsils out of your throat so you can stop getting sick so much and start feeling better.


WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU HAVE TO GET SURGERY AT THE HOSPITAL?