Do you have fever, sore throat and difficulty swallowing? Read more about tonsillitis infection, an infection of your tonsils, and tonsillitis causes.
Tonsillitis is a bacterial or viral infection of the tonsils — the two oval-shaped fleshy pads found at the back of your throat.
Common signs and symptoms include:
Tonsillitis is usually caused by a viral or bacterial infection of your tonsils. An infection arising from a specific type of bacteria known as group A streptococcus is also commonly known as strep throat.
Before treatment, your doctor will check for signs of infection, such as redness and pus from the tonsils. To diagnose your tonsil infection, your doctor may conduct the following tests:
Tonsillitis infections caused by a virus are typically treated with home remedies. If the tonsillitis is caused by a bacterial infection, antibiotics may be prescribed. Do finish the full course of antibiotics even if you already feel better, as it may otherwise cause the infection to recur.
Some examples where medication is prescribed:
A tonsillectomy is rarely needed for adults. However, it may be recommended for a child if he or she has had:
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This article was last reviewed on
Wednesday, November 22, 2023
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