Tonsillitis News

Tonsillitis is an inflammation of the tonsils, which are glands at the back of the throat. It is a common infection among children, and the cause can be viral, bacterial or from other factors. Tonsillitis, which includes the inflammation of the surrounding tissue, can be acute, recurrent or chronic in nature. An acute case of tonsillitis is typically treated with medication, while recurrent or chronic tonsillitis may require surgery to resolve the symptoms over the long term.

Symptoms of Tonsillitis

When someone has tonsillitis, the inflammation in the tonsils leads to a sore throat, difficulty or pain when swallowing, bad breath, fever and fatigue. In extreme cases, the airways might become obstructed by the swollen tonsils. With recurrent or chronic tonsillitis, the symptoms may come back many times a year or simply not go away at all. In some cases, an abscess can develop on the tonsils and lead to additional complications, including a severe sore throat, trouble opening the mouth and a muffled voice.


Treatment for tonsillitis varies based on the frequency or severity of the condition. If it is an isolated, acute case of tonsillitis, for example, then bed rest, fluid intake and over-the-counter pain relievers may be the proper course of action. Antibiotics will also be prescribed if the infection is bacterial. Since many people have difficulty swallowing with tonsillitis, liquids or soft foods like soups, smoothies and ice cream are helpful for providing nourishment while at the same time soothing the throat. If tonsillitis is chronic or recurrent, then the tonsils may be surgically removed in a procedure called a tonsillectomy.

SOURCES: American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery; KidsHealth

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Kids' Colds Linked to Asthma, Lung Problems Later

But research is too early to confirm a cause-and-effect link

Should More Kids Have Their Tonsils Out?

Research suggests looser surgical guidelines might be warranted for sore throat, sleep problems

HPV-Linked Throat Cancer Responds to Reduced Chemo, Radiation: Study

Lower doses also lower unwanted side effects, doctors report

Tonsillectomy for Sleep Apnea Carries Risks for Some Kids: Study

Though the surgery is a primary treatment for sleep disorder, breathing problems can occur afterwards

Morphine After Tonsillectomy Tied to Breathing Problems in Study

Motrin, Advil a safe option for children, researchers say

Tonsillectomy Complications May Be More Likely in Poor, Minority Kids

Access to care might play a role, researcher says

Tonsillectomy for Sleep Apnea May Trigger Weight Gain

Study found overweight kids who had surgery were more likely to become obese within seven months

Summer's a Great Time for Tonsil Removal

Surgery won't disrupt school schedule, kids can relax during recovery, doctor says

Tonsillectomy May Spur Weight Gain in Kids, But Won't Cause Obesity: Study

Post-op rise in weight occurs mostly in younger, thinner children, research shows

Complication Rate After Adult Tonsillectomy Higher Than Thought

Most common complaints: pain, bleeding, dehydration, study finds

Study Finds Tonsillectomy Just as Safe for Adults as Kids

Researchers found low complication rates, similar to those seen in children

U.S. Children's Hospitals Vary Widely In Tonsillectomy Care

Study finds big differences in what medications patients get during and after procedure

After Tonsillectomy, Over-the-Counter Painkillers Suffice, Study Says

Researchers recommend using Advil, Motrin post-op

Removing Tonsils Helps Kids With Sleep Apnea, Study Finds

Better slumber improved daytime energy and behavior, but not memory, learning, researchers say

Tonsillectomy Might Be Worth It for Some Adults

Finnish study found fewer sore throats after surgery, less time lost from work or school

Codeine Risky for Kids After Certain Surgeries, FDA Says

10 deaths, 3 overdoses reported following removal of tonsils or adenoids

After Tonsillectomy, Steroids May Not Increase Bleeding

Study contradicts previous European research that found the drugs can cause hemorrhage

Younger Kids Likelier to Gain Weight After Tonsillectomy

Those under 6 years often gain 2 to 5 pounds, study finds

New Strep Throat Guidelines Tackle Antibiotic Resistance

Most sore throats are actually caused by viruses

Summertime Is Tonsillectomy Time

Many parents take advantage of summer break to schedule the surgery to give kids time to recover

Codeine After Surgery Could Endanger Certain Kids: Study

In children with rare gene mutation, post-tonsillectomy death seemed to be due to reaction to pain medicine

Health Tip: Recovering From Adenoid and Tonsil Removal

Suggestions to help ease discomfort

Can Removing Tonsils, Appendix Boost Early Heart Attack Risk?

Tonsillectomy, appendectomy before age 20 may slightly raise threat, study suggests

Tonsil Removal Might Cure Bedwetting in Some Kids With Sleep Apnea

Study shows additional benefit of the surgery for certain children

Children May Pack on Pounds After Tonsillectomy

Doctors should consider patient's weight before resorting to surgery, researcher says

Sleep Study May Be Advisable Before Removing Tonsils, Adenoids

The point is to identify children likely to have post-op respiratory complications, study says

No Surgery for Moderate Tonsillitis, New Guidelines Say

Experts draft standards to help doctors identify, manage tonsillectomy patients

Health Tip: When It's Time for a Tonsillectomy

Signs that the tonsils may need to be removed

Tonsillectomy Study Finds Best Way to Avoid Complications

Three common techniques all deemed safe, but one appeared safest, research shows

Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Kids May Have Genetic Cause

Future treatments might come in the form of a throat spray, researchers say

After Tonsillectomy, Short-Term Antibiotics Effective: Study

Three-day course relieves pain as well as seven-day regimen, researchers find

Post-Tonsillectomy Codeine May Pose Dangers

Pain medication tied to death of small boy after the procedure, report says

Sleep Benefits From Tonsillectomy Peak at 6 Months

For kids with breathing issues, having tonsils removed helps most right after surgery

Steroid After Tonsillectomy Raises Bleeding Risk

But dexamethasone did limit vomiting and results are preliminary, researchers note

Smokers More Likely to Bleed After Throat Surgery

Understanding link may help doctors better counsel patients before operations

Tonsillectomy Not Always Cost-Effective for Kids' Throat Woes

Close monitoring and treatment may often be the smarter choice, study suggests

Technique Offers Safer Tonsil Removal

But 'intracapsular' surgery isn't 100% effective, study finds

Tonsillectomy Shouldn't Dull Taste: Study

Researchers found little effect, although post-op pain might impair sensation

Health Tip: Symptoms of Tonsillitis

Including very sore throat, difficulty swallowing

Blood Test Distinguishes Mononucleosis, Tonsillitis

It's an accurate, cheaper alternative to standard screens, experts say

Tonsillectomy May Prevent Recurrent Strep Throat in Kids

Intact tonsils triple the risk for infection, study finds

Health Tip: After Tonsillectomy

Help your child recover

Kids Behave, Sleep Better After Tonsillectomy

Study says hyperactivity, attention deficit and sleepiness often improved

Health Tip: Identifying Tonsillitis

Learn the warning signs

Most Tonsillectomies Aren't Worth It

Study finds 'watchful waiting' just as effective