What are the symptoms of tonsillitis?

Tonsillitis, an infection in one or both tonsils, can cause the following symptoms:

  • swelling of the tonsils
  • redder than normal tonsils
  • a white or yellow coating on the tonsils
  • a slight voice change due to swelling
  • uncomfortable or painful swallowing
  • swollen lymph nodes (glands) in the neck
  • fever
  • bad breath
  • sore throat*

* Some doctors like to differentiate between strep sore throats and non-strep sore throats. However, we feel that if a patient is having recurrent sore throats adversely affecting quality of life, he or she should consider having the tonsils removed, which greatly reduces the frequency and severity of sore throats.

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