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Fleshy pads located on each side at the back of the throat are known as tonsils. They are an important part of your immune system as they trap the germs entering your respiratory system Inflammation in tonsils is called tonsillitis. Tonsillitis is more common in kids, who are more susceptible to virus or bacterium exposure. Tonsillitis is not a serious problem, but see an ENT doctor near you if the pain continues for a long period of time. Tonsillitis that lasts for more than 10 days is called chronic tonsillitis.

Tonsillitis is infectious and can be spread by inhaling contaminated air or touching infected things. Having a sore throat is the most common symptom of tonsillitis. A prompt diagnosis of tonsillitis is necessary as further treatment depends on the actual cause for inflammation of tonsils.  

What are the types of tonsillitis?

Tonsillitis can be divided into three categories according to severity: 

  • Acute Tonsillitis: Mostly tonsillitis lasts up to 7-10 days. Home remedies or over-the-counter medications are enough to cure acute tonsillitis. 
  • Chronic Tonsillitis: You may have chronic tonsillitis if your symptoms are severe and continue for longer than 10 days. If you have chronic tonsillitis, your doctor may recommend a tonsillectomy, which includes removing your tonsils surgically.
  • Recurrent Tonsillitis: As the name suggests, recurrent tonsillitis is reoccurring in nature. In this case, it's important to see a doctor soon. Tonsillectomy is the only treatment to treat this. 

Now, let’s talk about chronic tonsillitis. 

What are the symptoms of chronic tonsillitis?

Some common symptoms of tonsillitis are:

  • Fever 
  • Cough
  • Headache
  • Difficulty in swallowing 
  • Discomfort
  • Pain in neck
  • Sleep disorder
  • Stomach ache

Chronic tonsillitis is itself more painful and has multiple severe symptoms like:

  • Enlarged tonsils
  • Bad breath
  • Throaty voice
  • Enlarged and tender neck lymph nodes

As children are the ones who are more likely to be affected by tonsillitis, they may be unable to express the pain they are going through. If your child or any child around you is witnessing any of the following symptoms, try to consult a doctor soon and get it diagnosed properly: 

  • Difficulty in swallowing
  • Weakness, fatigue or fussiness
  • Sore throat
  • Fever 
  • Difficulty in breathing

Although tonsillitis may not be life-threatening, it can be extremely painful and can disrupt your lifestyle. 

What causes chronic tonsillitis?

Streptococcus pyogenes, the bacterium that causes strep throat, is the most common cause of tonsillitis. Bacteria, viruses and other germs that enter the body through the mouth are trapped by tonsils. It is also a cause of tonsillitis in children and adults. 

When do you need to see a doctor?

If you have the symptoms mentioned above, consult a doctor.

Request an appointment at Apollo Spectra Hospitals, Chirag Enclave, New Delhi.

Call 1860 500 2244 to book an appointment.

What is the treatment available for chronic tonsillitis?

Whatever the cause of chronic tonsillitis, it can be treated. Treatments that help cure chronic tonsillitis are:

  • Tonsillectomy - This surgery is performed to remove tonsils when antibiotic treatment fails. A tonsillectomy is usually performed as an outpatient procedure. It takes seven to 14 days for full recovery.
  • In the case of a child or a teenager, usually antibiotics and home remedies are advised. 
  • If you have tonsillitis due to a bacterial infection, antibiotics will be recommended (do not consume any over-the-counter medication without consulting a doctor).


Chronic tonsillitis is a common disease among children. Although it is a contagious disease, it can be prevented through certain methods like:

  • Don't share food, drink or utensils with a sick person.
  • Wash your hands frequently, especially before putting your hands near your mouth or nose.
  • Early diagnosis and treatment can help cure tonsillitis soon.

What are some home remedies for relieving tonsillitis pain?

In most cases, tonsillitis pain can be cured at home by the following home remedies:

  • Over-the-counter medication can help relieve pain
  • Gargling with salty water can help disinfect
Drinking warm liquids like tea or coffee can give you instant relief If these remedies don't work and the pain increases or worsens with time, consult a doctor at the earliest.

Are adults at risk of getting tonsillitis?

Adults can become infected with tonsillitis; however, children and teenagers are more prone to it. In adults too, tonsillitis should cure itself within 7-10 days. If symptoms get worse, it's time to see a doctor. If tonsillitis is not treated, a complication known as a peritonsillar abscess can develop.

What are the complications associated with tonsillitis?

Tonsillitis is easily treatable if detected early. Some complications associated with tonsillitis are:

  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
  • Tonsillar cellulitis
  • Peritonsillar abscess


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