Tonsillitis: Symptoms, Causes, Treatment

Author: Ian C. Langtree
Published: 2009/07/19 - Updated: 2021/06/12
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Synopsis: Tonsillitis refers to inflammation of the pharyngeal tonsils and may involve the back of the throat including adenoids and lingual tonsils. There are several variations of tonsillitis: acute, recurrent, and chronic tonsillitis and peritonsillar abscess. Tonsillitis is extremely common in children and young people but it can occur at any age.

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Tonsillitis is the medical term for inflammation of the tonsils, usually due to a viral infection or, less commonly, a bacterial infection. It is a common type of infection in children. Most cases of tonsillitis get better within a week. A small number of children have tonsillitis for a long time or it keeps coming back. This is known as chronic tonsillitis and may require treatment with surgery. If tonsillitis is recurrent or persistent, or if enlarged tonsils cause upper airway obstruction or difficulty eating, surgical removal of the tonsils, called tonsillectomy, may be necessary.

The tonsils are lymph nodes, or oval-shaped masses of lymph gland tissue, located on both sides of the throat. An infection of the tonsils is called tonsillitis. There are several variations of tonsillitis: acute, recurrent, and chronic tonsillitis and peritonsillar abscess.

Tonsillitis usually begins with sudden sore throat and painful swallowing. Inflammation may involve other areas of the back of the throat including the adenoids and the lingual tonsils. This swelling is usually caused by either a viral or bacterial infection.

Tonsillitis is usually a self-limiting condition - it gets better without treatment, and generally there are no complications. Tonsillitis is extremely common in children and young people but it can occur at any age.

Causes for Tonsillitis

Some important causes of tonsillitis include:

The following are the most common symptoms for tonsillitis:

Some important herbal treatments for tonsillitis includes:

Home remedies for tonsillitis:

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