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  1. Tonsillitis or tonsils infection can be caused either by a bacteria or virus, though viral infections are more commonly seen. Tonsillitis is more common in children as it can easily spread in schools or other educational institutes where children tend to work in close proximity. However, tonsillitis is also fairly common in adults.

  1. Some people or children with severe tonsillitis may develop white spots on their tonsils. These white spots are tonsil stones and may be sometimes yellow in color. Tonsil stones are buildup of mucus, bacteria and food particles in the small cracks in the tonsils and usually disappear after the infection has passed.

  1. Antibiotics are only prescribed for tonsils infection or tonsillitis when it has originated from bacterial infection. In such cases, antibiotics can provide rapid symptom relief and, after 24 hours, prevent the patient from spreading the infection to others. Antibiotics should never be taken for viral tonsillitis as it is ineffective and would increase the patient’s risk of gastrointestinal distress and antibiotic resistance.

  1. Tonsillectomy may not be a medical necessity in most cases but improves the patient’s quality of life to a very large and significant extent. If you or your child are suffering from severe tonsil infections throughout the year, a tonsillectomy might bring relief. Book your appointment with our ENT doctors in your city and discuss how a tonsillectomy for you or your child can be a life altering decision.

  1. Tonsillitis or tonsils infection most often spreads when someone near you with the infection coughs or sneezes and you inhale the droplets. However, one can also contract tonsillitis by touching a doorknob or other contaminated objects and then touching the mouth or nose. If you have been diagnosed with tonsillitis, it is important that you take rest and stay home until you are better.

  1. Chronic tonsillitis is the condition when tonsils remain inflamed for more than 10 days. If you have chronic tonsillitis, you may have difficulty swallowing and sleeping and may have a sore throat, bad breath and tender lymph nodes for more than 11 days. You should visit our ENT specialist to get relief from chronic tonsillitis without pain.

  1. Acute tonsillitis refers to the tonsils that are inflamed for about 10 days. Acute tonsillitis is the most common type of illness among young children and teenagers. Tonsillitis relief can be found with a combination of lifestyle changes and medications. However, if symptoms last 11 days or are recurrent throughout the year, the person or child might be suffering from chronic or recurrent tonsillitis and should seek advice from an ENT doctor. You can visit our website and give us a call to discuss your symptoms with our medical advisor.