Is sleep apnea keeping you up at night? Are your tonsils constantly inflamed? If you or your child suffers from chronic throat infections that have caused tonsilitis or struggle to sleep you may be a good candidate for a tonsillectomy.
What Is Tonsilitis?
Unfortunately for many people, however, the tonsils themselves become infected and inflamed. We call this situation tonsillitis. Tonsillitis is most often caused by streptococcus, but can also be caused by various versions of influenza, parainfluenza, adenoviruses, enteroviruses, and others. For those whose tonsils seem to be susceptible to infection and inflammation, some scary symptoms can keep them up at night:
- Sore throat
- Difficulty breathing (the tonsils swell, narrowing the airway)
- Difficulty swallowing and talking
- Tonsils become red or covered with white or yellow coating
- Swelling in the neck area by the jaws
- Fever and chills
- Ear pain