Tonsillitis, a common throat infection in which the tonsils become inflamed, can be either viral or bacterial and treated with antibiotics.
This animation shows where the tonsils are in the child's throat. Tonsillitis is a type of throat infection in which one or both tonsils become inflamed and swell up. The child will have a sore throat and difficulty swallowing. The cause of the disease may be either viral or bacterial. If the cause is bacterial, the child will be treated with antibiotics.