Acute Tonsillitis / Pharyngitis Quiz

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Rohini R, MD (Ear, nose, throat (ENT))

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  • Throat swelling

  • One side of the throat is swollen

  • Deviated uvula

  • Hard to eat

  • Difficult to swallow food because of pain

  • Asymmetric throat swelling

  • Fleshy hanging structure hanging above the throat is leaning to one side

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Learn more about Acute Tonsillitis / Pharyngitis

Content updated on Jan 19, 2024

What is acute tonsillitis / pharyngitis?

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

Symptoms of acute tonsillitis / pharyngitis

  • Unable to swallow liquids

  • Discharge of yellow or green sputum.

  • Throat swelling

  • Pain over the back of my head

  • Difficulty swallowing food due to throat pain

  • Repeated episodes of fever above 100.4°F / 38°C

  • Fatigue that is worst in the morning

  • Recurrent tonsilIitis / tonsil infections

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

  • Are you unable to swallow liquids?

  • Do you have yellow or green sputum?

  • Is your throat swollen?

  • Do you have pain at the back of your head?

  • Do you feel pain when you swallow food?

Treatment for acute tonsillitis / pharyngitis

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

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  • Throat swelling

  • Hurts to swallow

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Reviewed By:

Scott Nass, MD, MPA, FAAFP, AAHIVS

Scott Nass, MD, MPA, FAAFP, AAHIVS (Primary Care Physician)

Dr. Nass received dual medical degrees from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and Charles R. Drew University in Medicine and Science. He completed Family Medicine residency at Ventura County Medical Center with subsequent fellowships at Ventura, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, George Washington University, and University of California-Irvine. He holds faculty appointments at Keck School of Medicine of USC, Loma Linda University School of Medicine, and Western University of Health Sciences.

Rohini R, MD

Rohini R, MD (Ear, nose, throat (ENT))

Dr. Rohini R is an ENT, Head and Neck Surgeon, with a Fellowship in Advanced Endoscopic Sinus and Skull Base Surgery and a Fellowship in Aesthetic Medicine and Lasers. Besides clinical practice and working with Ubie, she is actively training and mentoring medical students and residents. She has functioned in various work settings - teaching hospitals, private and free health centers, and worked with patients from all socioeconomic backgrounds due to her experience in free hospitals and volunteering in India and Singapore.

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