For men, women, and children suffering from tonsillitis and recurring throat infections, Ryan R. Stevens, M.D. in Corvallis, Oregon, can offer relief. At his ear, nose, and throat clinic, Dr. Stevens has decades of experience as an ENT specialist and can provide the highest quality treatment options for conditions like tonsillitis. To learn more about the latest tonsillitis therapies, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.
Tonsillitis occurs when you have inflammation or an infection affecting your tonsils.
Your tonsils are balls of tissue located on both sides of your throat behind your tongue. As part of your immune system, they work to protect your body from infection.
Tonsillitis often goes away without medical treatment in 4-10 days, but it can also become a chronic condition.
Most tonsillitis cases are the result of a viral infection, but sometimes they can also be due to the strep throat bacteria. On very rare occasions, you can develop tonsillitis because of a parasite or fungal infection.
You can contract tonsillitis by coming in contact with infected droplets in the air when someone with the infection sneezes, coughs, or breathes. If you come in contact with these droplets, they can enter your body through your skin, mouth, eyes, or nose.
The most common symptom of tonsillitis is a sore throat. Your tonsils and throat may also be swollen and red or covered in patches, pus, or spots.
Additional symptoms of tonsillitis include:
If cold-like symptoms aren’t present with your sore throat and fever, you may have a bacterial infection.
Dr. Stevens diagnoses tonsillitis during a physical examination where he checks your throat for red and swollen tonsils, as well as signs of sores, pus, or spots.
Based on your symptoms and exam, Dr. Stevens might recommend a rapid strep test and throat culture. In some cases, he might also suggest a test for mononucleosis, a condition that can cause symptoms in your throat and tonsils.
When a viral infection causes tonsillitis, Dr. Stevens often recommends home-care treatments like rest, drinking warm tea, and over-the-counter pain medication. For infections caused by bacteria, you’ll need to take antibiotics.
For serious problems with your tonsils or recurring infections, Dr. Stevens might also suggest a tonsillectomy. He performs this surgical procedure to remove your tonsils at an off-site surgery center with cost savings for his patients.
If you’re suffering from tonsillitis or recurring throat discomfort, call Ryan R. Stevens, M.D. or schedule an appointment online today.