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What is Tonsilitis?

So you get frequent sore throats, where the back of the mouth, feel sore and inflamed?

If yes, it might be likely that you are experiencing tonsillitis. Tonsillitis is the swelling or inflammation of the tonsils, two small oval tissues at the back of the throat (one on the left and one on the right). Signs and symptoms of tonsillitis include swollen tonsils, sore throat, difficulty swallowing, and mild swelling on either side of the neck. Most cases of tonsillitis are caused by infection with a common virus, but bacterial infections also may cause tonsillitis.

Treatment for Tonsilitis:

In the past surgery was the most common treatment, however that has changed with time. Doctors remove the tonsils only in cases where it is inflamed and other options aren’t advisable.

Currently, doctors prescribe medications to treat the cause of infection, to enable the tonsils to enable effective reduction of infection.

Preventing Tonsilitis:

While tonsillitis is indeed easy to contract, it can be prevented by following some simple tips.

  1. Avoid sharing utensils that come in contact with the mouth.
  2. Once tonsillitis is detected, change the toothbrush being used.
  3. Wash hands frequently, especially after using the toilet and before eating.
  4. Avoid eating raw/unclean food outside the house.

If you or a loved one experiences tonsilitis, contact your doctor at the earliest. They will be able to provide you with solutions to alleviate the pain.


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