While each case is unique, here are some of the most common symptoms of tonsillitis;
- Enlarged, tender lymph nodes glands in the neck
- White or yellow patches on the tonsils
- Sore throat
- Red and/or swollen tonsils
- Difficult painful swallowing
- A scratchy or throaty voice
- Bad breath
- Stiff neck
The other question, and the one that may underlay the others, is how often does the inflammation occur? In my case, the frequency of tonsillitis symptoms over a period of time helped my doctor, and ultimately me, to make the decision to have a tonsillectomy.
It’s funny- since I don’t have tonsils anymore, I really don’t have tonsillitis symptoms much! What is tonsillitis to a man without tonsils?
Viral or bacterial infections and immunologic factors lead to tonsillitis symptoms and its complications. Tonsillitis refers to an inflammation of pharyngeal tonsils (these are glands at the back of the throat, and are visible through the mouth). The inflammation may involve other areas of the back of the throat, including the adenoids and the lingual tonsils (this is the tonsil tissue way at the back of the tongue). There are several variations of tonsillitis: acute, recurrent, and chronic tonsillitis, and peri-tonsillar abscess.
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