Tonsils are often described as fleshy pad like soft tissue that is present in the rear of the throat (pharynx). Their makeup is quite a lot like lymph nodes.  They offer defense against infections and bacteria that are not welcome inside the human body. Whenever there is an infection or a tonsil related inflammation, the condition is referred to as tonsillitis.

It occurs at any given age and is common in both men and women, but is very prevalent in children. The symptoms are fairly simple and are as follows:

  • Sore throat
  • Itchy and dry throat
  • Swollen tonsils
  • Fever
  • Bad breathe
  • Stiff neck
  • Headache
  • In some cases, stomachache

This condition’s contagiousness depends on the type of tonsillitis such as bacterial or viral. Viral tends to be more contagious than bacteria. It is very easy to diagnose and treat this condition, but the results can be fatal if left untreated.

In children’s case, it’s obvious that kids will not be able to explain the condition. However, in such cases, parents must check for unusual drooling and difficulty in swallowing. Extreme fatigue is also a very well known symptom of this condition.

Risk factors include young age and frequent contact with germs both of which are common in pre-school and secondary school children. Tonsillitis can lead to difficulty in breathing, disrupted breathing during sleep, and infection that spreads quickly deep into the tonsillar cellulitis i.e. the area around the tonsils.

Viral and bacterial germs that cause tonsillitis can be prevented by good hygiene practices. Children must be taught to wash their hands before and after eating and after using the toilet. Parents must keep their child inside the home when he/she is ill. Teach your kids to cover their face up when coughing to make sure that they don’t pass on the disease to other people.