What Is Tonsillitis?
Tonsillitis is the infection of the tonsils. This is especially common in children. Tonsillitis typically starts off as a viral infection before secondary bacterial infection sets in.
What Are The Symptoms Of Tonsillitis?
The main symptom of tonsillitis is a sore throat. The sorethroat may starts off mild but can get progressively worse. Initially, swallowing solids may be painful, later swallowing liquids may be affected. Acute tonsillitis is often associated with high fever which usually make the patient feel miserable. There can be complaints of headache, earache, loss of appetite and bad breath (halitosis). The lymph glands (lymph nodes) may also be swollen.
When the tonsils becomes enlarged and inflamed speech becomes affected giving a “hot potato” speech. If the tonsils become grossly enlarge, breathing may be affected. The tonsils may be coated with a white or yellowish coating.
What are the complications of Tonsillitis?
When infection is severe, it may spread from the tonsils to the ear and throat. This will present as ear pain and hoarseness. Abscess may also form behind the tonsils or in the neck. This can lead rapidly to swallowing and breathing difficulty. Urgent treatment would be required.