Respiratory: Chronic Tonsillitis

Tonsilitis is defined as the inflammation of tonsils. Chronic tonsillitis refers to recurrent and long term inflammation of the tonsils. The tonsils are found at the back of the throat and are believed to be the body's first line of defense against germs. Tonsillitis is more common in children than in adults. Patient suffers from:

Thorat pain with reffered ear pain

  1. Swallowing difficulty
  2. Fever
  3. Chills
  4. Coughing
  5. Headache
  6. Muscle pain
  7. Feeling unwell
  8. Red swollen tonsils
  9. Presence of pus on tonsils
  10. Bad breath
  11. Swelling of neck lymph nodes
  12. Nausea
  13. Vomiting
  14. Hoarseness
  15. Furry tongue
  16. Difficulty opening mouth


Bacterial and viral infections can cause tonsillitis. A common cause is Streptococcus(strep) bacteria. Other common causes include:

  1. Adenoviruses
  2. Influenza virus
  3. Epstein-Barr virus
  4. Parainfluenza viruses
  5. Enteroviruses
  6. Herpes simplex virus

Note: We are giving only a brief description of each disease for your quick reference with some best related photographs where needed.