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What are the symptoms of tonsillitis or an adenoid infection?

The most prominent symptom of tonsillitis and adenoid infection is a sore throat. Other symptoms of tonsillitis and adenoid infection include:

  • Fever
  • 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
  • Headache
  • Abdominal pain
  • Coughing up blood
  • If the adenoids are enlarged, breathing through the nose may be difficult
    • Breathing through the mouth, especially in kids
    • Noisy breathing in the day; snoring at night is often observed
    • Voice may be nasal-sounding

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 2 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.

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Comment from: Patreena, 7-12 Male (Caregiver) Published: May 09

My son has all the symptoms of tonsillitis. He also has a head cold with it. He first received ceroxim antibiotics along with cataflam for pain and fever. That didn't start working and so a few days later he received a penicillin injection. That didn't work and so a few days later he received another antibiotics - Zithromax. That did not appear to work as well and then he got Augmentin antibiotics which he is now on but doesn't appear to be working. He is on his second bottle of cataflam. He hardly eats, mostly drink and his fever fluctuates regularly sometimes to a high of 103.5F. His doctor is concerned that it may not be a bacteria but a virus and may just have to run its course. This has been going on for about 8 days now.

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