1. What are tonsils?
Tonsils are glands located on the right and left sides of the entrance to the throat.
2.What do tonsils do?
The role of the tonsils is to protect against infection.
3.What is tonsillitis?
Tonsillitis is an infectious condition of the tonsils.
4.What are the symptoms of tonsillitis?
Symptoms of tonsillitis include frequent throat, pain while swallowing, fever, swelling in the neck lymph nodes and ear infections or obstructed breathing.
5.Who gets tonsillitis?
Though tonsillitis can occur at any age, seventy percent of the patients who have tonsillectomies are under 18.
6.Can tonsillitis be treated with antibiotics?
Antibiotics are quite often effective in treating tonsillitis, however the physician may suggest a tonsillectomy if antibiotics are no longer combating the illness.
7.Is tonsillitis contagious?
Yes. All forms, bacterial or viral, are contagious. It usually spreads from person to person by contact with the throat or nasal fluids of someone who is already infected.
8.How can I avoid getting tonsillitis?
Wash hands frequently and keep the infected person's eating utensils and drinking glasses away from others.