Tonsillitis Brisbane Northside
The population in Brisbane often experiences one of the most common infections known to man (Tonsillitis). This happens when the two lymph nodes located on each side of the throat’s back gets swollen and infected. This condition brought about by viral or bacterial infection is called tonsillitis.
Tonsillitis can occur to anyone, regardless of age and are often diagnosed in children. This condition can be contagious and can lead to complications if not addressed.
What Causes Tonsillitis?
Tonsils are responsible for fighting off a person’s vulnerability on illnesses and support production of white blood cells to combat infection. There might be instances when the bacteria and viruses enter the mouth. When this happens, the tonsils will do its work to support the immune system.
The most common cause of tonsillitis are viruses like the common cold or bacterial infection as strep throat. These organisms are frequently acquired by people when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Direct contact can also contribute to the spread of infection.
Having poor hygiene and infrequent washing of hands play a major factor in this condition, most especially for children.
What Are the Symptoms of Tonsillitis?
The most common symptoms of tonsillitis are as follows:
- Sore throat
- Difficulty swallowing
- Swollen tonsils (can have yellow or white spots)
What Are the Two Types of Tonsillitis?
There are two types of tonsillitis – recurrent tonsillitis and chronic tonsillitis. Recurrent tonsillitis is a condition where a person has multiple episodes of tonsillitis in a year. On the other hand, chronic tonsillitis has a longer duration compared to recurrent tonsillitis.
Regardless of the type of tonsillitis experienced, both conditions will provide the same symptoms. However, the symptoms of chronic tonsillitis might be more intensified compared to the recurrent one.
How is Tonsillitis Diagnosed?
Apart from the symptoms, physical examination may be performed by the doctor by getting a throat culture. This will be sent for laboratory tests to identify the cause of the infection.
How is Tonsillitis Treated?
Tonsillitis caused by a viral or bacterial infection would not require treatment. Antibiotics and pain medications may be prescribed to help the body fight the infection and manage the swelling of tonsils. It is important that the patient returns to the doctor for follow up check up to ensure the effectiveness of the medication.
There are instances when surgery may be required to remove the tonsils. This procedure is called tonsillectomy. Individuals who experience chronic or recurring tonsillitis and those whose bodies are unresponsive to other forms of treatment may be obligated to undergo this procedure.
To decrease the chances of acquiring tonsillitis, it is recommended to stay away from people with ongoing infections. Having proper hygiene practices will also prevent the illness from spreading.
At Ubuntu Medical, we also have GP’s specialising in children’s health