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Content updated on Jun 1, 2022

What is acute tonsillitis / pharyngitis?

Infection of the tonsils and pharynx (back of the mouth), either by viruses or bacteria.

Symptoms related to acute tonsillitis / pharyngitis

  • Sore throat

  • Fever

  • Difficulty swallowing food or water

  • Fatigue

  • Pain when pressing the front of the neck

  • Chest pain when swallowing

Questions your doctor may ask to check for acute tonsillitis / pharyngitis

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose acute tonsillitis / pharyngitis

  • Do you have a sore throat?

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Do you have difficulty swallowing (e.g food or water)?

  • Do you feel fatigued?

  • Do you have pain when your front of the neck is pressed?

Treatment for acute tonsillitis / pharyngitis

This condition may recover without treatment, especially if it was caused by viruses. The doctor may prescribe painkillers, and in some cases antibiotics to fight a bacterial infection. Ensuring good hydration is important as pain makes swallowing and drinking difficult.

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