Tonsillitis is inflammation of the tonsils one tonsil on each side. Tonsillitis can be caused by a virus, such as the common cold, or by a bacterial infection, such as strep throat.

Tonsillitis can occur at any age and is a common childhood illness. It’s most often diagnosed in children from preschool age through their mid-teens.

Enlarged or swollen lymph nodes

  • Beneath jaw or at neck, In front of the ears, Behind the ears

or Ear pain


Pain, scratchiness or irritation of the throat

or Swallowing difficulties



  • Greater than or equal to 38°C (100.4°F), Less than 38°C (100. 4°F)


Swollen/enlarged tonsils

or Red tonsils

or Light spots on tonsils




Bad breath

Poor appetite

or Weight loss

Strained voice

or Loss of voice


Feel like vomiting

or Throwing up

Risk factors
Whether tonsillitis is caused by a viral or bacterial infection, at-home care strategies can make you more comfortable and promote better recovery, Encourage rest, Get adequate fluids, Treat pain and fever, and Have lozenges. If tonsillitis is caused by a bacterial infection, your doctor will prescribe a course of antibiotics. Surgery to remove tonsils (tonsillectomy) may be used to treat frequently recurring tonsillitis, chronic tonsillitis or bacterial tonsillitis that doesn't respond to antibiotic treatment.
Recommended specialist

If you have Tonsillopharyngitis, then a visit to a family medicine specialist is highly recommended.

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Family medicine specialist

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