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Acute Tonsillitis Information and Treatments

Stop Suffering From Painful Symptoms of Acute Tonsillitis Today

The tonsils at the back of the throat are part of the body’s immune system, and they are one line of defense against illness as they trap bacteria and viruses that are capable of causing an infection. In addition, the tonsils produce antibodies that prevent viral and bacterial infections. However, the tonsils can become severely inflamed. This condition is most commonly known as acute tonsillitis.

There are a variety of treatment options that range from antibiotic treatments to a full tonsillectomy or tonsil removal. It is integral that patients work with a highly specialized team to determine the underlying cause of tonsillitis in order to find the most effective and least invasive treatment options. The medical team at miVIP is here to meet your individual needs.

Who is at Risk for Tonsillitis?

Tonsillitis occurs most often in children between ages four and seven. Adults may also be diagnosed with tonsillitis. However, the condition is rarely found in individuals over the age of 40. Similarly, tonsillitis is rarely found in individuals under age two.

What Causes Tonsillitis?

Tonsillitis is most frequently caused by different viral and bacterial infections. Several of the most common infections that can cause tonsillitis include:

  • Adenoviruses
  • Epstein-Barr virus
  • Herpes Simplex virus
  • Strains of the Parainfluenza virus
  • Streptococcus

What Symptoms Characterize Tonsillitis?

The most notable symptoms of tonsillitis include swelling and inflammation of the tonsils, which is often reported by patients as severe sore throat. Other symptoms of acute tonsillitis include:

  • Chronic bad breath
  • Ear pain
  • Fever and chills
  • Headache
  • Laryngitis (loss of voice)
  • Loss of appetite

Treatment Options for Tonsillitis

The best treatment for acute forms of tonsillitis will typically vary from patient to patient. A few key factors to consider include the underlying cause of tonsillitis and the severity. Bacterial infections can be easily identified with a simple lab test and subsequently treated with antibiotics at home. Some viral infections (influenza) will require rest and over-the-counter medication for symptom management.

Severe cases of acute tonsillitis may require a tonsillectomy, also known as tonsil removal. A tonsillectomy is an outpatient procedure in which the affected tissue is removed while the patient is under general anesthesia. The procedure usually takes about 30 to 45 minutes, and recovery time usually takes about ten days.

The Prognosis of Tonsillitis

The prognosis of acute or chronic tonsillitis is typically positive regardless of the type of treatment recommended. It is important to work with the right ENT in order to find the best treatment plan as soon as possible. In many cases, tonsillitis is curable.

Call miVIP ENTs to Learn More Today

Find the cause and a cure for acute tonsillitis. Work with miVIP professionals that understand ear, nose, and throat conditions; and work with ENT surgeons that specialize in the latest surgical interventions for tonsillectomy and tonsil removal. Call us at 877-956-2263 today, and feel better soon.

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