|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:-
Lumps in Neck- which are tender
Airway obstruction may manifest as mouth breathing, snoring, night time breathing pauses
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)
Dr Sonia Suprabha Venugopal
MBBS MS ENT[AIIMS]
Consultant ENT & Head & Neck Surgery
Sonia & Prateek's ENT Speciality Center,Sahakaranagar, Bangalore
ENT Specialist Bangalore