Tonsillitis is an inflammation or infection of the tonsils, which are in the back of the throat. It is typically caused by a bacterial infection (i.e. streptococci; similar to strep throat), but a viral cause is also possible. Typical symptoms include sore throat and painful swallowing, but other symptoms ...

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Introduction: Tonsillitis

Your tonsils and adenoids are part of your lymphatic system. Your tonsils are in the back of your throat. Your adenoids are higher up, behind your nose. Both help protect you from infection by trapping germs coming in through your ...1

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Symptoms of Tonsillitis

Check if you have tonsillitis Tonsillitis can feel like a bad cold or flu. The tonsils at the back of your throat will be red and swollen. The main symptoms in children and adults are:

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Causes List for Tonsillitis

Some possible causes of Tonsillitis or similar disorders may include:2

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Types of Tonsillitis

Treatment will depend on what caused your tonsillitis:

  • a virus (viral tonsillitis), which most children and adults have - this type has to run its course and antibiotics won't help
  • bacteria (bacterial tonsillitis) - your GP may prescribe antibiotics

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Diagnosis of Tonsillitis

What happens at your appointment: Your doctor can usually tell its tonsillitis by asking about your symptoms and looking at the back of your throat. Sometimes they might:

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Misdiagnosis: Tonsillitis

Undiagnosed Tonsillitis: This condition may be difficult to diagnose in comparison with various other respiratory infections and causes of sore throat. A doctor can diagnose it properly. Tonsillitis in Young Children: Diagnosis of tonsillitis in young children may be delayed ...

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Treatments: Tonsillitis

How to treat tonsillitis yourself Tonsillitis usually has to run its course. To help ease the symptoms:

  • get plenty of rest
  • drink cool drinks to soothe the throat
  • take paracetamol or ibuprofen (don't give aspirin to children under 16)
  • gargle ...
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  1. Source: MedLinePlus (NIH): tonsilsandadenoids.html
  2. Source: Algorithmically Generated List
  3. Source: NHS Choices UK: conditions/ Tonsillitis/ 

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