Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Tonsillitis is an inflammation of the glands of the throat, which results in a sore throat. Dr. Edward Hill discusses tonsillitis and treatment options for the condition in today’s 60 Second Housecall.

Tonsils are glandular tissue located on both sides of the throat. The tonsils trap bacteria and viruses entering through the throat and produce antibodies to help fight infections.

Tonsillitis occurs when tonsils become infected and swell. If you have persistent or recurring tonsillitis, your doctor may suggest that they be removed. You do not suffer from more infections without your tonsils—other tissues in the body function the same as tonsils do, producing sufficient antibodies to fight infection.

There are several symptoms associated with tonsillitis. Including sore throat, pain or discomfort when swallowing, fever, raspy voice and swollen glands in the neck.

Left alone, your tonsils may eventually shrink. Because of success with antibiotics, surgery is no longer the standard treatment for tonsillitis that it was years ago. Your doctor may suggest a tonsillectomy if swollen tonsils make it hard to breathe or swallow, in cases where recurrent throat infections or sore throats are involved or in patients who have obstructive sleep apnea.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, I’m Dr. Edward Hill.