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Some Symptoms and Causes of Tonsillitis

By Henry Stewart

Tonsillitis is the inflammation of the pharyngeal tonsils. In laymen’s terms, it just means your tonsils are swollen. The swelling or inflammation may also include other areas of the back of the throat, such as the adenoids and the lingual tonsils. The tonsils are oval shaped masses of lymph gland tissue (called lymph nodes) found on both sides of the throat. Tonsillitis refers to the infection of these tonsils.

Usual symptoms or characteristics of tonsillitis involve pain in the throat and trouble swallowing. Diagnosis can be done by checking the tonsils using a tongue depressor and spatula, used in collecting a sample.

The sample taken from the tonsils will determine whether the infection is bacterial or viral. Streptococcus is the most common type of bacteria that causes tonsillitis. An example of a viral illness that can cause tonsillitis is glandular fever, but other viral infections may cause it as well. Examples of viral causes are herpes simplex virus, the measles virus, adenovirus, cytomegalovirus, Streptococcus pyogenes (GABHS) and Epstein-Barr virus (EBV).

A bacterial infection will require antibiotics. Viral tonsillitis won’t respond to this kind of treatment.

Usually, tonsillitis is a self-limiting condition. This means the tonsils get better without treatment, and there are usually no complications. It is commonly experienced by children and young people, but it can occur to anyone.

Tonsillitis may also be carried from one person to another through social contact, like coughing, sneezing and nasal fluids.

Tonsillitis has several variations or kinds: acute, recurrent, and chronic tonsillitis and peritonsillar abscess.

Some common symptoms of tonsillitis are the following:

- Painful swallowing

- Pain when opening the mouth

- Headache

- Fever or high temperatures

- Lack of appetite

- Vomiting

- Pain in the abdominal area

- White or yellow spots of pus on the tonsils

- Swollen lymph glands under each side of the jaw

Tonsillectomy is a surgical procedure that removes the tonsils. It is recommended for those with recurrent tonsillitis, where the disease keeps happening over and over.

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Stewart, Henry "Some Symptoms and Causes of Tonsillitis." Some Symptoms and Causes of Tonsillitis. 9 Jul. 2010. uberarticles.com. 3 Aug 2014 <http://uberarticles.com/health-and-fitness/allergies/asthma/reasons-why-people-have-tonsillitis/>.

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