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The tonsils are two masses of tissues that act as filters, trapping germs and preventing infection in your airways. Tonsillitis occurs when your tonsils become overwhelmed by bacteria or virus and begin to swell and become inflamed.  

Symptoms of Tonsillitis

Tonsillitis symptoms may include all or some of the following:

  • Inflammation
  • Throat pain or tenderness
  • Redness of the tonsils
  • White or yellow coating on the tonsils
  • Headache
  • Ear pain
  • Fever and chills
  • Bad breath

How Is Tonsillitis Diagnosed

Tonsillitis can be diagnosed during a routine examination with your ear, nose and throat doctor. During that appointment, the physician will:

  • Feel the neck to look for swollen glands
  • View the throat, ears and nose with a lighted instrument
  • Listen to your child’s breathing with a stethoscope
  • Perform a throat swab to check for streptococcal bacteria

What Are The Causes Of Tonsillitis

Bacterial and viral infection are the leading cause of Tonsillitis. Some of the most common bacterial and viral infection that cause Tonsillitis are:

  • Streptococcus
  • Adenoviruses
  • Influenza virus
  • Epstein-Barr virus
  • Parainfluenza virus
  • Enteroviruses
  • Herpes simplex virus

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