What are the symptoms of tonsillitis?

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Joan Haizlip, MSN
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
There are many signs and symptoms of tonsillitis.  The most common signs and symptoms are:
- sore throat
- pain on swallowing
- white or yellow patches in the back of the throat
- bad breath
- headache
- fever
- enlarged lymph glands in the neck
- scratchy sounding voice

The primary symptom of tonsillitis is usually a very sore throat. The tonsils can become swollen, causing pain and difficulty when swallowing. A fever and sometimes chills are present in someone with tonsillitis. The tonsils may have white spots or patches on them. Headaches and even ear pain may be symptoms of tonsillitis. Additionally, the glands in the neck area can become enlarged and sore to the touch.

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