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Definition of Tonsillitis

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Tonsillitis is the swelling and inflammation of the tonsils. The tonsil swells due to a strep throat infected by a virus or bacteria. The tonsils are the organs found in the back of the mouth. Tonsils are lymph nodes that usually prevent germs and bacteria from infecting the body. Some other parts of the throat may also be infected when one has tonsillitis. One related infection is the inflammation of the pharynx termed as pharyngitis.

Children are especially vulnerable to tonsillitis.

Pharyngitis which is also throat inflammation caused by viruses can lead to sore throats. Sore throats can also be caused by tonsillitis although the pathogen causing this can be bacteria or instead of a virus. It may be difficult to identify what may be causing sore throat in the patient but usually tonsillitis entails the inflammation of the palatine tonsils. Teenagers and children are especially at risk in developing tonsillitis compared to adults.

Acute tonsillitis can develop all of a sudden and typically resolves itself in about a week or two. It can develop many times in a year and for certain reasons may turn into a chronic condition. In recurrent and chronic tonsillitis, bacteria have resided in the tonsils making the tonsils consistently inflamed albeit slightly. An acute infection can be accompanied by severe symptoms that can recur at any time. The worst thing about a chronic infection is that it can lead to complications that aggravate the already painful tonsil condition.

 

Kine Fischler is a licensed acupuncture physician and the clinical director of Willow Tree Wellness Clinic in Portland, OR.

Written by Valerie

December 29th, 2013 at 4:20 am

Posted in Acupuncture

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