Is tonsillitis serious?

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Usually tonsillitis is about as serious as the common cold, particularly in children, and recuperation takes about seven to ten days. Chronic tonsillitis can lead to the need for a tonsillectomy, but even that is typically a simple surgery. Some serious complications could occur if the tonsillitis gets out of control or goes untreated. If the tonsillitis is caused by a case of strep throat and not treated, there is a chance kidney disorders or rheumatic fever could develop. The swelling of the tonsils could become extreme enough to make it hard to breathe, or it may make it difficult to take in enough liquids, causing dehydration. The infection could become severe enough to cause an abscess behind one of the tonsils (tonsillar abscess or pocket of infection), which would need surgery in order to drain the abscess.

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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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