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Tonsil Pain: Including Pain from Recurrent Tonsillitis and Enlarged Tonsils

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Enlarged Tonsils

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Enlarged tonsils (also called tonsillar hypertrophy) is the main reason that tonsils are removed today. In addition to blocking the throat, enlarged tonsils may interfere with normal breathing, nasal sinus drainage, sleeping, swallowing and speaking. Doctors will often ask patients if they suffer from conditions such as behavioral or performance issues related to interference caused by enlarged tonsils. In such cases, doctors may suggest removal of the enlarged tonsils.


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Infection of the tonsils leads to inflammation and swelling (tonsillitis), which can be very painful. Symptoms can include fever, persistent sore throat, redness of the tonsil area, yellow discharge on the tonsils and tender lymph nodes on both sides of the neck.

Most often, tonsillitis is caused by viruses. Sometimes it is caused by bacteria, typically streptococcus, which is commonly referred to as strep throat. Doctors can treat strep throat with antibiotics such as penicillin. Tonsillitis caused by a virus will not respond to antibiotics so doctors will often treat the symptoms of the infection with over the counter pain relievers and home remedies.

For those patients who have consistent, repeated bouts of tonsillitis, doctors may consider surgical removal of the tonsils as a treatment.

No matter how statistically safe a procedure has proven to be, every surgery has risks. Post Tonsillectomy Hemorrhage (PTH) is a potentially serious complication that has been reported in literature for both adult and pediatric patients. It is reported to occur following use of COBLATION devices as well as following the use of other surgical devices and methods. Before making any surgical decision, you should speak with your doctor about any potential risks.

COBLATION wands are contraindicated for use in patients with cardiac pacemakers or other electronic device implants.

The information listed on this site is for informational and educational purposes and is not meant as medical advice. Every patient's case is unique and each patient should follow his or her doctor's specific instructions. Please discuss nutrition, medication and treatment options with your doctor to make sure you are getting the proper care for your particular situation.The information on this site does not replace your doctor's specific instructions.