Tonsillitis is an inflammation of the tonsils, located on either side
of the entrance to the throat. Generally the inflammation is caused
by bacteria (in particular Streptococcus) but it may also be caused
by viral infection.
Tonsillitis is most
common in children, but it can occur in adults, signalling that the
body's resistance to disease is lower than it should be.
The symptoms of tonsillitis
include: coughing, earache, headache, difficulty swallowing, hoarseness,
fever and/or chills, nausea and vomiting, nasal obstruction and discharge,
englarged lymph nodes and swelling of the tonsils.