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Tonsillitis is inflammation (swelling) of the tonsils.
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
The tonsils are lymph nodes in the back of the mouth and top of the throat. They normally help to filter out bacteria and other germs to prevent infection in the body.
Strep throat is one cause of tonsilitis.
The tonsils may become so overwhelmed by a bacterial or viral infection that they swell and become inflamed, causing tonsillitis. The infection may also be present in the throat and areas around it, causing inflammation of the pharynx. The pharynx is in the back of the throat, between the tonsils and voicebox (larynx). See: Pharyngitis
Tonsillitis is very common, especially in children.
Definition A streptococcal screen is a test to detect group A streptococcus, the most common cause of strep throat . Alternative Names Rapid strep test How the test is performed The test requires a throat swab. It takes about 7 minutes. The swab is tested to identify group A streptococcus. How to prepare for the test There is no special preparation. Inform the health care provider if you are taking, or have recently taken, antibiotics. How the test will feel Your throat will be swabbed in the area of the tonsils. This may make you gag. Why the test is performed Your health care provider may order this test if you have signs of strep throat or if you have symptoms of pharyngitis (sore throat).
Definition Peritonsillar abscess is a collection of infected material in the area around the tonsils. See also: Ludwig's angina Retropharyngeal abscess Alternative Names Quinsy; Abscess - peritonsillar Causes, incidence, and risk factors Peritonsillar abscess is a complication of tonsillitis . It is most often caused by a type of bacteria called group A beta-hemolytic streptococcus . Peritonsillar abscess is usually a disease of older children, adolescents, and young adults. It has become uncommon with the use of antibiotics to treat tonsillitis.
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