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Tonsillitis - causes, symptoms, treatment - Southern Cross NZ

Tonsillitis tahn-suh-LYE-tus is an inflammation of the tonsils. Tonsils are lumps of tissue on both sides of the back of the throat that help the immune system protect the body from infections.

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Inflamed tonsils get red and swollen and can cause a sore throat. Inflamed tonsils look red and swollen, and may be covered with a yellow or whitish coating or spots. A child with tonsillitis may have:.

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Kids with tonsillitis may feel unwell, with a headache, earache, stomachache, or no appetite. Tonsillitis is usually caused by a virus such as:.


Bacteria also can cause it, most commonly tonsils A streptococcus in which case it tonsils called swollen throat. Rarely, tonsillitis can be caused swollen something other than an infection.

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Anyone at any age can get tonsillitis. Strep throat is most common in kids and teens ages 5 to Health care providers will ask about symptoms and do an exam. They'll tanya wilson naked the inside of the mouth, the back of the throat, and the neck.

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A health care provider may use a soft cotton swab to gently collect a sample from the tonsils and back of the throat. This can be:.