Tonsillitis is inflammation of the tonsils, which are two oval-shaped pads of tissue at the back of the throat. Signs and symptoms of tonsillitis include swollen tonsils, sore throat, difficulty swallowing and tender lymph nodes on the sides of the neck.
Most cases of tonsillitis are caused by a viral infection. A few may be the result of a bacterial infection.
Because appropriate treatment for tonsillitis depends on the cause, it's important to get a prompt and accurate diagnosis. Surgery to remove tonsils, once a common procedure to treat tonsillitis, is usually performed only when bacterial tonsillitis occurs frequently, doesn't respond to other treatments or causes serious complications.
Tonsillitis most commonly affects children between preschool and the mid-teenage years. Common signs and symptoms of tonsillitis include:
Red, swollen tonsils
White or yellow coating or patches on the tonsils
Difficult or painful
Enlarged, tender glands (lymph nodes) in the neck
A scratchy, muffled or throaty voice
Stomach ache, particularly in younger children
At MAA E.N.T., we carry out tonsil surgery with laser and coblator techniques.