Tonsil Infections


Acute infections of the tonsils result in pain and inflammation of the tonsil tissue and may require antibiotics if caused by a bacteria. Other symptoms you may see include:

  • Fever
  • Enlarged, red tonsils
  • Tonsils may appear to have a white coating or spots
  • Pain with swallowing
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Abdominal pain
  • Bad breath
  • Rash – if related to Group A Beta Hemolytic Strep or Scarlet Fever

In cases of chronic tonsillitis, you may have a constant sore throat, tonsil stones, or persistent bad breath.

Watch this video for additional information about tonsillitis.

In the case of recurrent or chronic tonsillitis, you or your child may suffer from multiple infections per year or have a constant sore throat. If this is the case, you or your child may benefit from surgical intervention in the form of a tonsillectomy. Please contact our office if you would like to discuss your symptoms with one of our providers.

If recurrent infections or chronic tonsillitis is not your concern, but there is a concern about enlarged tonsil, take a look at our information on Obstructive Sleep Apnea in the pediatric patient.
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