Your tonsils are at the back of your throat. They help keep bad germs from getting into the rest of your body. But sometimes bacteria and viruses get into tonsils and they get infected. This is called tonsillitis. Kids with tonsillitis have trouble swallowing and their throats hurt a lot. Some kids will need to take antibiotics to get better.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
© 1995-2017 KidsHealth ® All rights reserved. Images provided by iStock, Getty Images, Corbis, Veer, Science Photo Library, Science Source Images, Shutterstock, and Clipart.com