Tonsils act as filters, trapping germs from entering your airways preventing infections. However, sometimes tonsils get infected themselves, swell and become inflamed causing tonsillitis. 

Symptoms include:

  • Ear pain
  • Fever, chills
  • Difficulty swallowing or breathing through the mouth
  • Headache
  • Loss of appetite
  • Painful blisters or ulcers on the throat
  • Redness of the tonsils
  • Swollen glands in the neck or jaw area
  • Throat pain or tenderness
  • Children may also experience nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain

Tonsillitis, especially in children, is common. Most of the time, it can be treated with antibiotics. However, a tonsillectomy may be needed if tonsillitis is recurrent or persistent or if the enlarged tonsils cause upper airway obstruction or difficulty eating. 

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