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Tonsillitis

Do you feel pain inside your throat, either mild or severe? If you do, probably you suffer with tonsillitis.

When you have tonsillitis, it feels horrible. You feel hungry, but you will hurt yourself while you eat or maybe you feel thirsty and you have to drink slowly to ease the pain.

Therefore, a basic knowledge about tonsillitis is beneficial for you and others, especially when we have one. When we have the basic knowledge, minimally we know how to deal with tonsillitis in a better way.

Through this article, we present you with information definition, frequent signs and causes.

Definition
Tonsillitis is an inflammation of the tonsils. Tonsils are lymph glands located on either side of the back of your throat. Your tonsils are small at your birth, enlarge during your childhood and become smaller at your puberty.

Tonsils are part of your immune system that protects and helps your body to fight and prevent infections. Normally, tonsils help prevent infection or irritation in the sinuses, mouth and throat from spreading to other body parts.

Tonsillitis is very familiar and affects at all age. Tonsillitis is contagious and most common in children between ages 5 to 10 and young adults.

Signs and Symptoms
The signs and symptoms of tonsillitis are as follows:

  • Difficulty in swallowing (pain while swallow)
  • Throat pain and can be mild to severe
  • Headache
  • Ear pain
  • Cough (occasionally)
  • Vomiting (occasionally)
  • Fever and chills over 38 degrees Celsius or more
  • Red and swollen tonsils
  • Swollen and tender lymph glands on either side of the jaw
  • Negative response to eat in young children (loss of appetite)
  • Change in sound of the sufferer’s voice, i.e., muffled

In children, they may complain about their stomach pain with no sign of a sore throat. Hence, children may vomit.

Causes
Tonsillitis caused by:

  • Bacteria, such as streptococcal
  • Viral infection of the tonsils

Tonsillitis usually proceeded by a runny nose, sore eyes and cough.

The risk of tonsillitis will increase through:

  • Crowded living conditions
  • Exposure to others (i.e., public places)

Therefore, we better avoid people who have upper-respiratory inflammations.

In the next article, we will write about tonsillitis treatment and other related topics.

You better remember to consult with your doctor, clinicians and other healthcare professionals to get a better knowledge and information about tonsillitis.

This article is not intended to be the only source of information about tonsillitis.

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