August 31, 2015
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Adenoids and Tonsils (cont.)

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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 children
    • 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 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?

Picture of bacterial and viral tonsillitis
Picture of bacterial and viral tonsillitis
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/9/2015

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

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