If you still have your tonsils and experience frequent sore throats that are accompanied by a fever, then you could have tonsillitis. This condition occurs when the tonsils become inflamed. You can usually tell that you have tonsillitis because of a few prominent signs that include swelling and tenderness when swallowing.
Tonsillitis is usually caused by a virus, which means that it will have to run its course with various treatments for the symptoms. At times, bacteria can cause tonsillitis. If this happens, then an antibiotic can usually be given to clear the infection. In order to receive the proper treatment, you need to visit an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) doctor who can discuss the signs of tonsillitis that you’re experiencing. The ENT will usually take a culture to determine if there are bacteria present. If you have frequent cases of tonsillitis, then surgery to remove the tonsils is usually a solution that will be discussed.
You’ll usually notice signs of this virus in children and teenagers more often than adults. Even in adults, many of the signs are the same for the illness. The virus usually begins with a scratchy or sore throat. When you look in a mirror, you’ll usually notice that the tonsils are swollen and red. There could also be small white areas on the tonsils, often indicating that there is an infection present. It will likely be difficult to swallow food and even liquids because of the inflammation.
A common sign of tonsillitis is a fever. The lymph nodes that are located in your neck will usually be swollen and can even become tender to the touch. Your throat can become scratchy, making it difficult to talk. You might have bad breath, which is another sign that there are bacteria causing the illness instead of a virus. Even though the area of the body impacted is the throat, it’s common to have an upset stomach. You might experience headaches as well along with pain in your ears.
It’s normal not to want to eat anything, but you need to try to drink as much as possible in order to keep the throat moist and your body from getting dehydrated. Sometimes, your tonsils can swell to the point where they block your airway, which can turn into an emergency situation.
Contact the office if you notice any signs of tonsillitis, especially if you have a high fever or are experiencing any difficulty breathing. We offer treatment options for this condition at Regional ENT Associates in Gallatin and Lebanon, TN. Contact us today to schedule your appointment!