Tonsillitis is irritation and swelling of the tonsils, which are in the back of your throat. Tonsillitis may be caused by a viral or bacterial infection, such as strep throat. Symptoms of tonsillitis include a sore throat, red or swollen tonsils, difficulty swallowing, fever, headache, among other aches and pains. Sometimes, tonsillitis causes you to lose your voice. If you have symptoms of tonsillitis, see a doctor to have a rapid strep test. You will need antibiotics if you have strep throat. If your tonsils are very swollen, you may receive a steroid shot. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how tonsillitis occurs, what the symptoms are, when to see a doctor, how to treat it, and much more.
Tonsillitis is an inflammation of your tonsils, two masses of tissue in the back of your throat. It’s most common in children and can be caused by both viral and bacterial infections.
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Understanding Tonsillitis Symptoms
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Understanding the Basics of Tonsillitis
What is tonsillitis? Learn more about this common cause of children's sore throats from the experts at WebMD.