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Tonsillitis and Adenoid Infection

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Tonsillitis and adenoid infection facts

  • Tonsils and adenoids are composed of tissues similar to the lymph nodes or glands.
  • Acute tonsillitis is an infection of the tonsils caused by one of several possible types of bacteria or viruses.
  • Chronic tonsillitis is a persistent infection of the tonsils and can cause tonsil stone formation.
  • Symptoms of tonsil or adenoid infection include sore throat, fever, bad breath, difficulty swallowing, and swollen glands in the front of the neck.
  • Peritonsillar abscess is a collection of pus behind the tonsils.
  • Obstruction to breathing by enlarged tonsils and adenoids may cause snoring and disturbed sleep patterns.
  • Bacterial infections of the tonsils and adenoids are treated with antibiotics, viral infections are not.
  • Tonsillitis and adenoid infections are diagnosed with a history and physical exam. A throat culture and rapid strep test may be ordered in cases of tonsillitis suspected to be bacterial.
  • Tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy may be indicated: (1) in persons with repeated or persistent infections; (2) when serious complications of infection occur; and (3) when enlargement of the tonsils and adenoids causes breathing, swallowing, or dental problems.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/4/2014

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Source: MedicineNet.com
http://www.medicinenet.com/adenoids_and_tonsils/article.htm

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