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.
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.