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 Glossitis is a condition in which the tongue is swollen and changes color, often making the surface of the tongue appear smooth. See also: Geographic tongue Alternative Names Tongue inflammation; Tongue infection; Smooth tongue; Glossodynia; Burning tongue syndrome Causes, incidence, and risk factors Glossitis is often a symptom of other conditions or problems, including: Allergic reaction to toothpaste, mouthwash, breath fresheners, dyes in candy, plastic in dentures or retainers, or certain blood pressure medications (ACE inhibitors) Dry mouth, when the glands that produce saliva are destroyed (see: Sjogren syndrome ) Infections with bacteria or viruses (including oral herpes simplex) Injury from burns, rough edges of teeth or dental appliances, or other trauma Low iron levels (called iron deficiency) or certain B vitamins, such as vitamin B12 Skin conditions such as oral lichen planus , erythema multiform , aphthous ulcers , pemphigus vulgaris , syphilis, and others Tobacco, alcohol, hot ...
Tonsillectomy is the surgical procedure for removal of the tonsils. Chronic infections of the tonsils, called tonsillitis , is the main reason to have a tonsillectomy. What alternative treatment can be recommended? Will surgery be recommended? What anesthetic will be used? How long will the person be anesthetized? F How long does the surgery take? What can be expected after surgery? Will any medications be prescribed? What are the side effects? Will the tonsils grow back?
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