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Treatment of Tonsillitis


Tonsillitis is an infection of the tonsils, the two small glands located at the back of the throat. Tonsillitis is common, especially in children. The condition can occur occasionally or recur frequently. Symptoms of tonsillitis include sore throat, red tonsils, difficulty swallowing, and fever.

Risk Factors

1. Age: Tonsillitis most often occurs in children, but rarely in those younger than two years old.
2. Frequent exposure to germs: School-age children are in close contact with their peers and are thus more exposed to viruses or bacteria that can cause tonsillitis.
3. Poor immune system: Those with weakened immune systems are more susceptible to infections like tonsillitis.


1. Avoid close contact with someone who has tonsillitis to reduce the risk of getting the infection.
2. Practice good hygiene: Wash your hands thoroughly and often, especially after using the toilet, before eating, and after sneezing or coughing.
3. Stay healthy: A strong immune system can fight off infections more

Myths, Misconceptions, and Facts

Myth: Tonsillitis is only a childhood disease.

Fact: While it is more common in children, adults can get tonsillitis too.

Myth: Tonsillitis can only be treated with antibiotics.

Fact: Antibiotics are only effective against bacteria. If tonsillitis is caused by a virus, antibiotics won’t help.

Myth: All cases of tonsillitis require removal of the tonsils (tonsillectomy).

Fact: Tonsillectomy is only recommended for severe and recurrent tonsillitis.

Myth: Removing tonsils has no side effects.

Fact: Tonsillectomy is generally safe, but all surgery carries some risk of complications, such as bleeding or infection.

Symptoms include sore throat, red and swollen tonsils, difficulty swallowing, and fever.
Tonsillitis can be diagnosed through a physical exam and sometimes a throat culture to identify the cause.
Treatment depends on the cause. Bacterial tonsillitis can be treated with antibiotics, while viral tonsillitis is treated with rest, fluids, and over- the-counter pain relievers.
A tonsillectomy may be recommended for recurrent tonsillitis or tonsillitis that doesn’t respond to other treatments.
Rest, stay hydrated, and soothe the sore throat with warm liquids or lozenges.


Tonsillitis, an infection of the tonsils, is common, especially in children. The condition can be caused by a virus or bacteria. Tonsillitis can usually be prevented by avoiding contact with those infected and practicing good hygiene. Misconceptions about tonsillitis often concern its treatment and the necessity of tonsil removal. If you or your child has symptoms of tonsillitis, it’s important to see a healthcare provider.
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