Tonsillitis is a kind of inflammatory condition where the tonsils are inflamed and infected due to bacteria, respiratory problems or allergies. Tonsils are the small lumps of tissue located at the back of the throat. When the tonsils are said to be inflamed, it means that they have become red and swollen with a yellowish or grayish tint on the surface. Tonsillitis is a common condition (especially among children and teenagers) with more than one in ten people having repeated bouts at a certain period in their life. Here are some symptoms of tonsillitis in teenagers.
Sore throat is the main symptom of tonsillitis. This may develop suddenly or gradually, and could either be mild or severe. Other obvious symptoms are the redness and being swollen of the tonsils. There are also white spots that indicate pus on tonsils. All these would result to a change in or loss of voice and a difficulty in swallowing. The swollen lymph nodes also add up to the pain, making it difficult to swallow even one’s own saliva.
Other symptoms of tonsillitis are headache, stomachache, and other general aches and pains all over the body. Teenagers who have tonsillitis could also inevitably lose their appetites and may also have bad smelling breath. Since tonsillitis is generally an infection from viruses or bacteria, fever is a common symptom for people who suffer from this condition. With fever, come the other usual symptoms like chills and fatigue.
Tonsillitis usually lasts for a few days and could be gone quite soon with some rest and proper care. Treating the tonsillitis’ major symptoms of sore throat and fever will contribute to a patient’s much needed comfort. If the fever stays for more than 48 hours already, or is higher than 38.8 degrees Celsius (102 degrees Fahrenheit), then the patient should seek the medical attention of a doctor where antibiotics are usually recommended. If antibiotic treatments have become ineffective and when there are recurring episodes of tonsillitis, especially severe ones, tonsillectomy is an option. Now if there are prolonged symptoms of tonsillitis, or if it lasts for more than a week, then the patient may have other respiratory infections that should be checked upon.
When tonsillitis is not treated immediately, other medical conditions may occur. These could be kidney inflammation, rheumatic fever, or abscesses that may block the breathing passage. However, if the symptoms are detected early and the tonsillitis is treated properly, then one can expect no long term effects from this inflammatory condition.