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Tonsillitis

Is tonsillitis contagious?

Tonsillitis is inflammation of the tonsils, which are two small glands that sit on either side of the throat. In young children, they help to fight germs and act as a barrier against infection.

Tonsillitis can be a painful and unpleasant condition which we understand you will want to go away as quickly as possible! At our clinics, we offer same-day appointments, prescriptions and fast throat swab results should you need testing. Call us to make an appointment and feel better sooner.

The main symptom of tonsillitis is a sore throat, which may be very painful, enough to make swallowing difficult. Your tonsils will become very red and swollen, and in some cases will become coated, or develop white, pus-filled spots.

The most common symptoms of tonsillitis include:

  • A sore throat and pain when swallowing
  • A high temperature (fever) over 38C (100.4F)
  • Coughing
  • Headache
  • Earache
  • Feeling sick or nauseous
  • Feeling tired or fatigued
  • Lymph glands in your neck may be swollen or painful
  • Voice changes including loss of voice

Causes

Tonsillitis is usually caused by a viral infection, though less commonly can also be caused by bacteria. It is especially common in children, teenagers and young adults. It is highly contagious, and is spread through coughs, sneezes, and physical contact.

What to do next

If you are suffering with symptoms of tonsillitis, come and speak to one of our doctors who can help you manage symptoms and advise you on the best methods of treatment.

FAQ

I think I have tonsillitis. What will the doctor do?

The doctor will examine your throat and ask you about your symptoms. A throat swab may be taken to confirm the diagnosis, with results usually available within a few days. A throat swab will also help confirm that any antibiotic that has been prescribed is appropriate for your particular infection-causing bug.

What kinds of foods can I give a child with tonsillitis?

A higher intake of fluids can soothe the symptoms of tonsillitis. In addition, soft foods such as pasta, rice, pudding, yogurt, or soups can be helpful.

What kinds of foods should I avoid in a case of tonsillitis?

Juices that are acidic can make symptoms worse, so avoid orange juice, grapefruit juice, and lemonade. Also best to avoid are crunchy foods that may scratch or irritate the throat.

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