Tonsillitis

Tonsillitis compared with normal tonsils

The main symptom of tonsillitis is a sore throat, which usually appears red and inflamed along with the tonsils. The tonsils may have spots on them or pus that covers them in patches or entirely.

Current as of: July 29, 2019

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Brian O'Brien, MD, FRCPC - Internal Medicine
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Charles M. Myer III, MD - Pediatrics, Otolaryngology

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