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Tonsillitis

Tonsillitis is an infection of the tonsils and is common in young children. Find out more about what causes tonsillitis and some of the common symptoms and treatments of this inflammatory condition.

Tonsillectomy ups weight in kids

Children who undergo the surgical removal of their tonsils with or without the removal of their adenoids are at increased risk for becoming overweight in the years after surgery.

Preventing tonsilitis

Tonsillitis is highly contagious and to decrease your odds of catching the disease, stay away from people who have active infections.

Diagnosing tonsillitis

Diagnosis of tonsillitis is based on a physical examination of the throat and may include a throat culture.

Causes of tonsillitis

Tonsillitis can be caused by bacterial infections, but common viruses can also cause the condition.

Tonsillectomy linked to weight gain

Children who undergo the surgical removal of their tonsils, with or without the removal of their adenoids, are at increased risk for becoming overweight afterwards, research shows.

Tonsillectomy helps kids sleep

A study shows that children with sleeping problems who have their tonsils surgically removed may start sleeping better and show improvements in behaviour.

Treating tonsilitis

Although bacterial tonsillitis feels awful, it often goes away within a few days without specific treatment. Over the counter painkillers may help relieve the symptoms.

Symptoms of tonsilitis

Symptoms of tonsillitis may include ear pain when swallowing, snoring and fever. In severe cases children may experience sleep apnoea.

What is tonsillitis?

Tonsillitis is inflammation of the tonsils, most commonly caused by viral or bacterial infection. Symptoms may include sore throat and fever.

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