Treatments for Pharyngitis and Tonsillitis in Children

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How will my child be treated for pharyngitis or tonsillitis?

If bacteria are not causing the infection, then the treatment is focused on comfort for your child. Antibiotics will not help treat viral sore throats. Treatment may include:

  • acetaminophen (for pain)
  • increased fluid intake
  • throat lozenges
  • antibiotics (if the cause of the infection is bacterial, not viral)
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