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Tonsillitis - the tonsils — fleshy pads on each side of the back of the throat — become infected with a virus or bacteria causing the tonsils to become swollen and painful.


Symptoms may include:


  • red, swollen tonsils
  • white patches on tonsils
  • sore throat
  • difficult or painful swallowing
  • headache
  • fever
  • chills
  • enlarged, tender glands (lymph nodes)
  • laryngitis
  • abdominal pain (in children)

Causes may include:



Treatment may include:


  • medication
  • self-care
    • drink warm, soothing liquids — such as soup, broth and tea
    • gargle with warm salt water
  • surgery

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