Tonsillitis - Symptoms
The main symptom of
tonsillitis is a sore throat. More symptoms occur in
most cases. Some or all of the following may be present:
- Bad breath
congestion and runny nose
- Red, swollen tonsils covered
completely or in patches by pus
- Abdominal (belly)
- Raw, bleeding patches on the tonsils
When you have sore throat plus cold symptoms such as nasal
congestion, runny nose, sneezing, and coughing, the cause is most likely a
virus. Viral infection of the tonsils usually goes away without treatment
within 2 weeks.
Sore throat with, swollen glands, a sudden fever above
101°F (38.3°C), and without symptoms of an upper respiratory tract infection may point to a bacterial infection like strep that needs to be treated with antibiotics.