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- What are the tonsils and adenoids?
- What is the purpose of the tonsils and adenoids?
- What are the signs and symptoms of tonsillitis or an adenoid infection?
- What does tonsillitis look like (pictures)?
- Is tonsillitis contagious?
- What are common causes tonsillitis and adenoid infection?
- Which specialties of doctors treat tonsillitis and adenoid infections?
- How are tonsillitis and adenoid infection diagnosed?
- What is the treatment for tonsillitis and adenoid infection?
- What natural or home remedies help soothe tonsillitis pain and inflammation?
- When should the tonsils and/or adenoids be removed (tonsillectomy or adenoidectomy)?
What are the signs and symptoms of tonsillitis or an adenoid infection?
The most prominent symptom of tonsillitis and adenoid infection is a sore throat. Other signs and symptoms of tonsillitis and adenoid infection include:
- Bad breath
- Congestion and runny nose
- Swollen lymph nodes in front of the neck
- Red, swollen tonsils with patches of pus (white spots)
- Pain or difficulty swallowing
- Loss of voice or muffled voice
- Abdominal pain
- Coughing up blood
- If the adenoids are enlarged, breathing through the nose may be difficult
and symptoms may include:
- Breathing through the mouth, especially in children
- Noisy breathing in the day; snoring at night is often observed
- Nasal-sounding voice
When there is a sore throat and cold symptoms such as congestion, runny nose, sneezing, and coughing, the cause is most likely a virus. Viral infection of the tonsils or adenoids usually resolves without treatment within two weeks.
Sore throat with a sudden mild fever, without symptoms of an upper respiratory tract infection, may point to a bacterial infection. If these symptoms are present, see a doctor for diagnosis because of the risk of strep throat. Although strep throat will usually go away even without treatment, an untreated strep infection can lead to complications including rheumatic fever, which can permanently damage the heart.
What does tonsillitis look like (pictures)?