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Symptoms of Tonsillitis

The signs and symptoms of tonsillitis in adults or even in children for that matter will not always be the same as the tonsillitis or tonsil stones symptoms will depend on the nature of the infection. Enlarged tonsils are however common to adults, children and toddlers. Tonsillitis may be acute, sub-acute, or chronic. Here is a description of the symptoms of tonsillitis based on the type of tonsillitis infection.


Acute Tonsillitis Symptoms

  • You would most likely experience a sudden onset of a throat infection or sore throat that is rather severe and rapidly worsens over time.
  • There may also be a moderate to high fever.• You may also find it painful to swallow any food or even your own saliva.• You will also probably notice that there is a reddening of the tonsils and enlarged tonsils. There may or may not be any pus present.
  • You would also experience a swelling of the lymph nodes in the area of the neck, just beneath the jaws, and they will also be tender to touch.
  • In many cases of acute tonsillitis there will be hoarseness of the voice or a loss of voice.


Sub-acute tonsillitis symptoms

  • You would notice enlarged tonsils.
  • There is also likely to be some accumulation of pus or a pasty and foul smelling infected material on the pits of the tonsils.
  • A sore throat is another common symptom and you may also suffer severe halitosis, which is the medical term for bad breath.
  • As with acute tonsillitis, sub acute tonsillitis will also cause some swelling and tenderness of the lymph nodes.


Chronic tonsillitis symptoms

  • Enlarged tonsils that are slightly reddened and they will also appear scarred with large pits.
  • There would again be enlargement or swelling of the lymph nodes, but they will generally not have any tenderness.
  • Frequent sore throat infections are another symptom of chronic tonsillitis.



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