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Posted by: concerned mother | 2007/06/14

Q.

tonsilitis vs mumps

I am just a bit concerned and would like a 2nd opinion.

My daughter just turned 3 yrs old and is prone to get tonsilitis (more or less 4 times a year) She has just been to the doctor again because she had a high fever and some swelling from her ear to below her chin. The doctor diagnosed it as tonosilitis again. Her creche however was a bit worried as it looked like mumps to her as one of the other kids had it recently, I took my daughter back to the doctor who still sticks to it being tonsilitis. I have seen her tonsils and it is severely swollen and inflamed.

Could it be possible that my daugher could have tonsilitis as well as mumps or could she have been wrongly diagnosed. I have read up on mumps today and she seem to match all the signs and symptons.

Eagerly awaiting a response

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

This sounds like mumps to me as it is unlikely that tonsillitis will cause swelling of her face in the way you describe.In mumps the tonsils may appear inflamed and in any case her tonsils are probably enlarged from the repeated infections she has had.

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Posted by: Farwah | 2016/01/19

What should I do for mump???

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Posted by: Anonymous | 2015/02/04

Am from hospital now. I thought my daughter had mumps cause of the swelling from ear to to below the chin. I was told is tonsils. Am not full convinced. How can we be able to differentiate between tonsillitis and mumps!!!!!!

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Posted by: yvonne | 2007/06/15

I had the same thing happen to my 2mounths ago my son is 2and a half. My doctor send my son for blood test he was test negative. His face was also so swollen but he also had tonsillitis at the end of the day. Just ask your doctor to send her for blood test that is the only way you can be 100 % sure.

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