is a very common illness in young children. It indicates an infection of the tonsils
, which can be caused by bacteria, but is more often viral. The infection is then due either to a virus, the most frequent case, or to a bacteria. In both cases, the progression is generally toward recovery. The symptoms of tonsillitis include a sore throat
, painful swallowing, fever, and digestive problems which occur rarely in children such as abdominal pain
or vomiting. Only bacterial tonsillitis can be treated with antibiotics
: a quick diagnostic test performed by a doctor is being developed to detect a bacterial infection.