Can tonsillitis have any complications?

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Tonsillitis is not usually serious, but some complications can arise, particularly in older children and adults. A tonsillectomy may become necessary if your child has suffered with multiple bouts of tonsillitis. Complications from the surgery including excess bleeding may occur. Some of the infections that cause tonsillitis could settle in the tissue around the tonsils, creating a problem called tonsillar cellulitis. If the tonsils swell too much, breathing could become a real difficulty. Additionally, tonsillar abscesses can form when tonsillitis becomes too severe, possibly requiring surgery. If the abscess ruptures, further complications may arise. Kidney disorders or rheumatic fever (inflammatory disorder), which lead to additional complications, could develop if the tonsillitis is caused by a case of strep throat.

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Viral Throat Infections

Viral Throat Infections

Aside from strep throat, most sore throats caused by are contagious, viral throat infections that cannot be treated with antibiotics. The most common culprits of a viral throat infection include coxsackievirus, mononucleosis, and ...

the flu. Mononucleosis (mono) is a virus that causes symptoms that can last for weeks or months at a time. Viral throat infections are best treated with rest, liquids and other home remedies. If the sore throat causes you to have trouble breathing or a high fever, or results in spots in the back of your throat, call your doctor.
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