What kinds of tests or exams led to a diagnosis of tonsillitis? Did you have recurrent infections?
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How are tonsillitis and adenoid infection diagnosed?
Diagnosis of tonsillitis and adenoid infection is based on a medical history and a physical exam.
If symptoms suggest strep throat, the doctor may order a throat culture or rapid strep test, which are done by swabbing the back of the throat and checking for the Streptococcus bacteria. This can be performed in the doctor's office. If the Epstein-Barr virus, which can cause mononucleosis, is suspected as a cause for the tonsillitis, a blood test for mononucleosis may be done.
Strep throat is more likely if at least three of the following signs or symptoms are present:
White or yellow spots or coating on the throat and/or tonsils (tonsillar exudates)
Red spots on the roof of the mouth (upper palette)
Swollen or tender lymph nodes on the neck
Absence of coughing or sneezing
Antibiotic treatment may be needed if the infection is caused by bacteria. In more severe, recurrent or chronic cases, surgery to remove the tonsils or adenoids (tonsillectomy or adenoidectomy) may be recommended.