Tonsillitis




Tonsillitis is an inflammation of the pharyngeal tubes, which are glands in the back of your throat. This infection is most common in children; nearly all children in the United States experience tonsillitis at least once.

There are different types of tonsillitis: acute (and recurrent), chronic tonsillitis, and peritonsillar abscess. Common causes of acute tonsillitis are the herpes simplex virus, Streptococcus pyogenes (GABHS), Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), cytomegalovirus, adenovirus, and the measles virus. Bacteria is a less common cause of tonsillitis (15-30%).

Tonsillitis is usually treated with antibiotics. When the infection is chronic or recurrent, a surgical procedure to remove the tonsils is recommended.

ACUTE TONSILLITIS SYMPTOMS

  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Bad breath
  • Difficulty/painful swallowing
  • Tender cervical lymph nodes
  • Breathing problems while sleeping and/or sleep apnea (if airway obstruction)

Recurrent tonsillitis is diagnosed when one has multiple episodes of acute tonsillitis in a year.

CHRONIC TONSILLITIS SYMPTOMS

  • Chronic sore throat
  • Persistently tender cervical nodes
  • Bad breath
  • Tonsillitis

PERITONSILLAR ABSCESS SYMPTOMS 

  • Severe throat pain
  • Fever
  • Drooling
  • Bad breath
  • Difficulty opening mouth
  • Difficulty speaking

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