Tonsillitis refers to inflammation in the glands at the back of the throat. The inflammation may involve other areas of the back of the throat, including the adenoids and the lingual tonsils. There are several variations of tonsillitis: acute, recurrent, chronic, and peritonsillar abscess.
Viral or bacterial infections and immunologic factors lead to tonsillitis. Tonsillitis most often occurs in children, but rarely in those younger than two years old.
The patient’s history often helps identify the type of tonsillitis present. Symptoms of tonsillitis could include one or more of the following: fever, sore throat, difficulty swallowing, airway obstruction, tender cervical nodes and foul breath.
What will happen at my visit to Mid-Kansas Ear, Nose & Throat?
Patients will undergo a general ear, nose and throat examination from a MKENT physician to look for signs of tonsillitis. Antibiotics are typically prescribed. Fluid replacement and pain control are also important. When the condition is chronic or recurrent, a surgical procedure to remove the tonsils is often recommended.