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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.
Most people know that sleep apnea is a leading cause of death from heart attacks and strokes. However recent research has revealed that sleep apnea is a leading cause of death from many causes, even in people judged to be healthy.
Researchers at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore revealed that men aged 40 to 70 with severe sleep apnea were twice as likely to die as men in the same age group who did not suffer from the disorder. Many accidents are caused by people who fall asleep at the wheel, a common result of sleep deprivation caused by sleep apnea. It's believed that over 12 million Americans have obstructive sleep apnea.
If you suspect you have sleep apnea, ask for a referral to a sleep lab for tests. If the tests prove positive, the preferred method of treatment is a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure)machine . However, as well as the CPAP or other means of treatment prescribed by your doctor, there are several factors that make sleep apnea worse.
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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