For those of you unacquainted with Tonsillitis you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s a “ sore throat thing that kids get”, but those unlucky enough to be in the know could tell you that Tonsillitis can be the most unbearable experience; like gargling with shards of glass – and that’s just the throat. The tonsils (those weird, flappy, pink things at the back of your mouth) are particularly susceptible to infection, or Tonsillitis. Tonsillitis is a common, contagious infection that, along with flu, counts as one of the biggest banes in the lives of employers up and down the country, with whole work forces often struck down for days at a time desperately trying to shift the bug. Symptoms of tonsillitis include, amongst other things, a sore throat and swollen tonsils, white pus filled spots on the tonsils, swollen neck glands, fever, coughing, headaches, tiredness and earache. Plenty of rest and fluids are important and painkillers should ease some of the symptoms. Further than that you’ll just have to ‘sit it out’ for a few days until the infection starts to clear up of its own accord. If you’re particularly unfortunate you may go on to develop ‘quinsy’ – a pus filled abscess on the tonsils that may need draining. If someone suffers from tonsillitis severely or on a regular basis further treatment, in the form of a tonsillectomy, should be looked into. A tonsillectomy is a common and relatively minor surgical procedure to remove the tonsils banishing tonsillitis for good. The tonsils can be removed with a few incisions from a knife though lazer surgery, ultrasound and freezing are also becoming popular methods.
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