A tonsil infection can range from mild to serious. In mild cases, the tonsils are simply inflamed during the duration of a brief bacterial or viral infection, but will return to normal once an antibacterial has been applied for a sufficient length of time-or once the viral invasion has subsided. In more serious cases-in cases of severe tonsillitis-the tonsils may restrict breathing and may eventually need to be removed.
Do I Have a Tonsil Infection?
If you have a tonsil infection, you can expect to see the following symptoms:
1. Tonsil swelling. During the course of most infections, the tonsils will become inflamed and swell. They may also take on a reddish hue.
2. Tongue and tonsil film. As the infection progresses, you may find that your tonsils and tongue are covered in a grayish-white film.
3. Chills. You may suddenly and unexpectedly feel cold and may even have a cold sweat.
4. Fever. In many cases-such as when you contract strep-you will also have an accompanying fever.
5. Sore throat. Unfortunately, most infections are accompanied by a sore throat and pain associated with swallowing.
What to Do
If you have a tonsil infection, there’s generally not much you can do on your own. If it’s bacterial, you’ll need a prescription from your doctor to obtain antibiotic medication. Other than this, there’s not much you can do to eliminate the infection other than sleeping and eating well.
If, on the other hand, you have a viral infection, antibioticsl will not work; and you must wait for your body to handle the infection. In very serious cases of tonsillitis, you may even need to consider getting your tonsils removed; however, this decision should only come after considerable consultation with your doctor.
Infections can be caused by many things. They can be viral or bacterial. They can be cured with medication; or can alternatively can require you to wait for them to go away. And, in some serious cases, a tonsil infection can be serious enough to merit a tonsillectomy.