Childhood Diseases

Posted by: BMJ | 2009/12/03



Dear Doc

My 6 year old son has complained of a sore throat for a few days. Last night I looked at his throat. It was red and his tonsils (I think - the fleshy parts on the side) had white patches on it. He does NOT have a fever and does still eat. I have beed using Andolax spray for 3 days now, and today I gave him Ponstan as he said it was very sore. Does this mean he needs an antibiotic now? I have tried treating it but I think it is time for a medical assessment now. I thought tonsilitis always means a fever but I think the andolax should have worked by now. He does NOT have any cold symptoms - just a sore throat.

Thank you.

Expert's Reply



Your son could well have tonsillitis.The fact that he does not have a fever may be due to the use of Andolex which may have partially treated his infection.Also the Ponstan will reduce any fever. Your son does need to see his doctor now as he has an ongoing sore throat.

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