Dr. Patel
Some children are prone to develop tonsillitis, or infection of the tonsils. Captain Darin, can you tell us what this means?

Captain Darin
Sure, Dr. Patel. In addition to infection of the tonsils, tonsillitis can also include infection or inflammation of the adenoids. Both the tonsils and adenoids are located in the throat, and they are part of the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is an important element of the body's immune system. The main function of the tonsils and adenoids is to trap and destroy invading viruses and bacteria.

If tonsillitis is severe or occurs frequently in your child, removal of the tonsils and adenoids may be recommended.