Your tonsils are located at the very back of the mouth. These two masses of tissues act as a germ trapper and filter. They produce antibodies to fight infections and are very hard working parts of the lymphatic system. However, they too can quickly become infected. Most commonly by virus or bacteria, they will become swollen, inflamed. These symptoms are known as tonsillitis. Different treatment is available depending on if the disease is viral or bacterial. However, children are the most affected; if you’ve had it once, you are more likely to get it again. Make sure you are aware of the symptoms and causes of tonsillitis, as it is an easily contagious condition.
Inflammation and swelling of the tonsils are the most common symptom of tonsillitis. Naturally, this is uncomfortable. You can feel the engorgement in the back of your throat, which can make swallowing difficult. The inflammation will be obvious merely looking at the tonsils. Other glands in the neck, the lymph nodes, and under the chin can also become swollen.
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