How do other illnesses affect tonsillitis?

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If your child catches a cold, it could develop into tonsillitis because the same virus that causes a cold is the primary cause of tonsillitis. Strep throat, as well as other bacterial infections, may also cause tonsillitis. Other conditions like soreness in the back of the throat (pharyngitis) may be present. In children, the tonsils act as part of the immune system, so any illnesses that have weakened your child's immune system could make the tonsils more likely to become infected.

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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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