Tonsillitis is inflammation of the tonsils, typically of rapid onset.Symptoms may include sore throat, fever, enlargement of the tonsils, trouble swallowing, and large lymph nodes around the neck.Tonsillitis is most commonly caused by a viral infection, with about 5% to 40% of cases caused by a bacterial infection. When caused by the bacterium group A streptococcus, it is referred to as strep throat. .Typically the infection is spread between people through the air.
Under normal circumstances, as viruses and bacteria enter the body through the nose and mouth, they are filtered in the tonsils. Within the tonsils, white blood cells of the immune system destroy the viruses or bacteria by producing inflammatory cells which also lead to fever. The infection may also be present in the throat and surrounding areas, causing inflammation of the pharynx.
Recurring infection of the tonsils leads to frequent episodes of tonsillitis, Frequent infections leads to certain changes in the lymphoid tissues of the tonsils making them enlarged in size. They may get enlarged to an extent that they may touch each other. They are called 'kissing tonsils'.Frequent attacks of tonsillitis suggest low immunity.Antibiotics are normally given to tackle the infection. There is an excellent treatment in Homeopathic for frequent tonsillitis.Homeopathy reduces severity of attacks .Avoidance of surgical removal of Tonsils may become possible and reduces the need of antibiotics.