Tonsils are oval-shaped lymphoid formations which are visible on the back of the throat on both sides, in the back of the mouth. Tonsils play an important role in the immune system, which serves as a natural defense system of our body from infections. Tonsillitis is basically an infection of the tonsils. The main function of tonsils is to filter out bacteria and other microorganisms that can cause infection. Sometimes the tonsils themselves can suffer from infections that affect the throat and the surrounding area. By the way, if you download the book “Banish Tonsil Stones” by Diane Puttman, you will discover the unique method of removing tonsil stones at home.
In most cases, the cause of tonsillitis is viral infection, but sometimes it can be due to bacterial infection. Tonsillitis can also talk about inflammation of the tonsils or other lymph nodes on the back of the throat, such as adenoids. Very often, the infection affects the surrounding areas and can also affect the throat, causing pharyngitis. Symptoms of tonsillitis will depend on the cause of the disease, and not always it is possible to recognize the symptoms.
Treatment of tonsillitis can be difficult, so as properly treatment can be different depending on the cause of the disease. That’s why it is very important to consult a doctor and make a diagnosis. Different methods of treatment such as oral drugs and operation can be used to remove tonsilloliths (tonsil stones). You can also try to get rid of tonsil stones with home remedies. Surgical removal of the tonsils should be the last compulsory measure when there are no other options, because tonsils are the important part of the immune system. Surgical removal of the tonsils was quite common in the past but now it is used much less.
Surgery to remove the tonsils is only for people with recurrent and frequent diseases of tonsillitis or when treatment methods do not cause improvement, or there is a serious risk of complications. Tonsillitis and tonsil stones do not always develop dependently. Sometimes there can be other causes of tonsillitis, and then the treatment should be directed to the cause of the disease. Treatment of chronic tonsillitis or swollen tonsils will not be effective until the underlying condition is not found and the symptoms will continue.
Hidden chronic tonsillitis is the condition when there develop holes and small pockets in tonsils, which are called crypts. Food can fall into these small pockets and as the result there appear growths on tonsils, also called tonsil stones. These stones are nothing but particles of dead cells and bacteria that have an unpleasant odor. In very rare cases, the condition can worsen due to the increase of tonsil stones which can block airway. Tonsillectomy is the only way to cure latent and chronic tonsillitis.
Although this procedure is very effective, it can be very painful, and recovery time takes more than two weeks. Mono, caused by infectious mononucleosis, can also be a cause of tonsillitis. Mono usually begins with feelings of excessive and unexplainable fatigue, as well as headaches and sore throat. As the pain in a throat intensifies, it can cause inflammation and swelling of the tonsils, and as a result, it can cause development of tonsillitis.
There are also various other infectious diseases of the throat, mainly the virus diseases, which cause severe pain in the throat, sometimes as a result of tonsillitis. While treatment is aimed at addressing the root causes, your doctor may prescribe corticosteroids, such as prednisone, to reduce inflammation and remove symptoms of tonsillitis. Treatment should address the root cause of the disease, ensuring elimination of the symptoms of mononucleosis which are associated with tonsillitis. Coxsackie is another viral infection that can be cause of tonsillitis. This viral infection is accompanied by other symptoms such as loss of appetite and high temperature. Sometimes the patient may also suffer from rashes.
Considering the various possible causes of tonsillitis, it should be noted that tonsillitis itself is not contagious and the symptoms associated with it, give some indications of the risk of infection. If the tonsillitis is caused by any infectious diseases, there is a risk that the infection can be passed on. Similarly, if the cause of tonsillitis is associated with other infections, tonsillectomy, the surgical removal of the tonsils, will be ineffective and it is not recommended, as tonsils play an important role in the immune system.