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Answered by: Dr Sri Viknarajan
I am sick (37.5-38),cough, swollen tonsils(red but hardly see white spot), headache, runny nose 3 week ago and now I have been better but my tonsils is still red swollen and have little white spot and still cough because of itchy throat. Is it any kind of STI or gnorhhea , because it had been too long.
Hello there and I appreciate your kind question. Tonsils are the 2 lumps of tissue at the back of your throat. There are 2 of them, 1 on each side. Along with the adenoids structure, tonsils are include as a part of our lymphatic system. The lymphatic system brings away infection and makes body fluid levels in balance. Tonsils and adenoids work by trapping the bacteria and germ coming in from the noes and mouth.
Tonsillitis refers to an inflammation or the swelling of the tonsils. Sometimes along with tonsils swelling the adenoids are also swollen. The most common cause of tonsillitis is a viral infection but the bacterial illnesses such as streptococcus throat can also cause tonsillitis. Who gets tonsillitis? Tonsillitis is most common in kids over age of 2.
However, adults can get tonsillitis as well but it is not as common. Although tonsillitis is not infectious, the bacteria and virus that cause it are infectious. Frequent hand washing can help to prevent transmitting or spreading the infections to other people.
Treatment for tonsillitis always depends on the factors that causing it. If the cause is a virus, there is no current treatment to treat it. It is advisable for you to drink plenty of water, stay hydrated and get plenty of rest are the key to relieve viral tonsillitis.
However if the cause of tonsillitis is a bacterial infection, such as streptococcus, you will need to consume antibiotics. It is important for you child to finish the course of the antibiotics even had a symptom improvement out of it. This is because if treatment stops abruptly, it may cause some bacteria can survive and tonsillitis might re occur.