Best Chronic Tonsillitis Treatment & Diagnostics in Sadashiv Peth, Pune
Tonsillitis is an infection of tonsils which are two lymph nodes located on each side of the back of your throat. Tonsils prevent your body from infection. Tonsillitis can affect people of all ages but children are commonly affected.
What Is Tonsillitis?
Tonsillitis is a painful condition of the tonsils. It occurs due to bacterial or viral infection. It may produce a sore throat, swelling, and fever. If left untreated, tonsillitis can cause serious complications.
What Are The Symptoms Of Tonsillitis?
Tonsillitis may be acute, chronic, or recurrent. The common symptoms include the following:
- Pain in the throat
- Difficulty in swallowing or pain while eating or drinking
- Bad breath
- Itching and scratchy feeling in the back of the throat
- Pain in the ear
- Stiffness of neck
- Tenderness of jaw and neck due to swelling of lymph nodes
- Yellow or white spots seen on tonsils
- Redness and swelling of tonsils
- Young children may be irritable
- Loss of appetite in children
When to Consult With A Doctor?
Consult with a doctor if you have the following symptoms:
- Fever is higher than 103 degrees Fahrenheit
- Weakness of muscles
- Stiffness of neck
- Pain in the throat does not go away in two or three days
In some cases, tonsillitis may heal itself but others may require treatment.
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How Tonsillitis Can Be Diagnosed?
The doctor can do a physical examination of your throat. The doctor can also take a throat culture by putting a swab gently at the back of your throat. The culture is then sent to the laboratory to know the cause of the throat infection.
The doctor can also ask for a complete blood count to know the reason for the infection. Your treatment depends on the cause of your infection whether it is bacterial or viral.
How Tonsillitis Can Be Treated?
Acute tonsillitis may not require any treatment. Chronic tonsillitis needs treatment and your doctor may give you antibiotics if it is caused by bacteria.
The doctor may also give you pain medications to relieve pain.
It is a surgical procedure to remove tonsils. It is advised when a person suffers from chronic or recurrent tonsillitis or if the symptoms do not improve with other medical treatments.
What Are The Complications Of Tonsillitis?
Obstructive sleep apnea is a common complication that may occur in people suffering from chronic tonsillitis. This occurs when a person is not able to sleep properly due to swelling of the airways.
Some people may develop pus behind the tonsils which may require drainage and surgery.
How Tonsillitis Can Be Prevented?
Tonsillitis can be prevented in the following ways:
- Avoid going to crowded places
- Avoid people who suffer from recurrent respiratory infections
- Practice good hygiene habits such as wash your hands often when you come in contact with a person suffering from coughing and sneezing
- Take vitamin C tablets to boost your immunity
Tonsillitis is a common infection of the tonsils that may occur at any age but is common in children. Tonsils can be prevented by taking some precautions. But, if you suffer from chronic tonsillitis, you should consult with a doctor. Early diagnosis and treatment can help to avoid surgery and other complications.
The removal of tonsils depends on many factors. It is the last treatment option. Removal of tonsils is only suggested when other treatments do not work and the condition becomes worse.
Tonsillitis spread through air droplets. If a person suffering from infection sneezes or coughs and inhale the droplets you are at risk of developing an infection. You can also contract the infection if you touch a doorknob or any other contaminated object and then touch your nose or mouth. Therefore, wash your hands immediately if you come in contact with any such person.
It is important to take the full course of antibiotics as prescribed by your doctor even if you feel better in a day. You are at risk of developing the infection again if you do not complete the course of antibiotics and this can worsen your condition.
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