What Is Tonsillitis, What Are The Symptoms, And How Is It Treated?

Question: What is tonsillitis, what are the symptoms, and how is it treated?

Answer: Tonsillitis refers to inflammation of the glands in the back of the throat. Tonsillitis typically is caused by a viral infection and occasionally is caused by a bacterium. Typical symptoms of tonsillitis include sore throat, swelling of the glands, runny nose, decreased appetite, fever -- basically a lot of the common symptoms of a common cold.

Typically tonsillitis can be treated with over-the-counter remedies such as Tylenol, acetaminophen or Advil. And on the rare occasions when it's caused by a bacterium, we'll treat it with an antibiotic. And the most common antibiotic that we use is penicillin.

-- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 6426895. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 6426895. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 6426895. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 6426895.
Join the Discussion
You are using an outdated version of Internet Explorer. Please click here to upgrade your browser in order to comment.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
You Might Also Like...
See It, Share It
PHOTO: Debra Messing, left, attending the premiere of Smash in New York City on Jan. 26, 2012 and right, attending the Broadway opening of Outside Mullingar on Jan. 23, 2014 in New York.
Jim Spellman/Getty Images | Bruce Glikas/Getty Images
Baby Lemur Relaxes on Mom
Jens Meyer/AP Photo