An infection in your throat area can cause inflammation of your tonsils. This type of ailment is called tonsillitis, or sometimes tonsil stones. The infection is most commonly viral but it can also be bacterial.
Tonsillitis is most common in children but you can get this infection even as an adult. You will usually get tonsillitis in the spring or winter months but it can also occur at any time.
If you’ve ever suffered from either infection then you have wondered “do tonsil stones go away?” or “will this pain ever stop!” Well it can but you may have to do something for this to happen.
Your tonsils consists of 2 small round lumps of tissue that are located at the back of your throat. These small tissues are important to help your body fight infection. They are quite similar to lymph nodes in how they fight off infection. The majority of cases of tonsillitis will get better on their own.
If you get tonsillitis it is important to drink plenty of fluids and to have lots of rest so that your body can fight off the infection. In most cases this will occur within one week and it will not be necessary to see your family physician.
The symptoms of tonsillitis usually include a sore throat but if you have tonsillitis it does not always mean that you will also have a sore throat.
Some of the other symptoms of tonsillitis include bad breath, a painful headache, a high temperature, difficulty swallowing, pain when swallowing, a feeling of tiredness, a feeling of vomiting (especially in children), and abdominal pain (especially in children). You may also have swollen glands or swollen tonsils.
As mentioned previously, by drinking plenty of fluids and getting ample rest you may be able to manage tonsillitis at home. The same goes for treating tonsil stones.
However, if your symptoms are not getting better after a few days or if they are becoming severe, it may be necessary to visit your family physician. Your family physician will ask you which symptoms of tonsillitis you have and then he will give you a thorough examination.
Seeing a Doctor
The examination will begin by looking inside of your mouth. There are times when the doctor will use a tongue depressor for a more thorough examination.
A tongue depressor will allow your doctor to gently push down on your tongue and this will give him a better view of your tonsils. The doctor may also feel your neck area to determine whether you have swollen glands.
In most cases, your family physician can determine tonsillitis based on the appearance of your tonsils and throat and by the symptoms that you display. It is interesting to note, however, that often the symptoms of tonsillitis are quite similar to those of glandular fever.
Glandular fever usually occurs with young adults or teenagers. A doctor will need to do a blood test to verify if you have glandular fever or not.
If, however, they realise it is tonsil stones that are causing you problems, then they will remove them and recommend suitable treatment afterwards.
Tonsillitis can be treated by yourself at home, by taking various medicines, or by surgery. Of course, it is always advisable to discuss any of the above 3 options with your family physician.
He will be able to provide you with sound medical advice on which option is best suited for you.