Tonsillitis In Adults

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Definition

Tonsillitis is inflammation (swelling) of the tonsils.

See also:

  • Sore throat
  • Strep throat

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...

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