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Tonsillitis- Do you have tonsillitis?

Posted on June 23, 2010 at 5:33 AM

Tonsillitis- Do you have tonsillitis?

By Dr Sonia Suprabha Venugopal, ENT Specialist Bangalore


Tonsillitis is inflammation of the pharyngeal tonsils[at the sides of the throat]. The inflammation may extends to the adenoids [lymphoid tissue at the back of the nose]and the lingual tonsils[lymphoid tissue at the back of the tongue and is then referred to as pharyngitis.

It can affect adults and children

Infection may be bacterial or viral

Types of tonsillitis

Acute [present now]

Chronic[ long standing]


What are the symptoms of tonsillitis?

In Acute tonsillitis common symptoms are:-


Sore throat

Foul breath

Swallowing difficulty

Painful Swallowing

Lumps in Neck- which are tender

Ear Pain

Airway obstruction may manifest as mouth breathing, snoring, night time breathing pauses

Tiredness, Fatigue,Weakness

If complicated by Peritonsillar abscess in addition to the above complaints the person can have

Drooling of saliva[ saliva flows out of mouth]

Difficulty opening the mouth[Trismus]

Voice alteration("hot potato" voice)


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