Is tonsillitis a throat disorder?

Joan Haizlip, MSN
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Yes, tonsillitis is a throat disorder.  Tonsillitis is an infection of the tonsils, the two oval-shaped nodes in the back of the throat.  When you have tonsillitis, your throat is very painful and you have difficulty swallowing. 


Tonsillitis can be classified as a throat disorder. The tonsils are near the throat and can affect the throat when inflamed. Inflammation of the tonsils can also be caused by proper throat disorders such as 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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