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What is Tonsilitis

If you’ve ever noticed the strange, grape-like masses on either side of the inner throat, then you’ve had a glimpse of your tonsils – soft tissues masses that can help to fight infection. In this post, we’ll talk about them in more detail, explain what tonsillitis is, and recommend procedures we think could help you, like our swollen tonsils treatment.

woman discussing Tonsilitis with an ENT specialist in London

So, what am I dealing with?

Tonsils do vary in size, to begin with, but there’s one common denominator: with infection often comes swelling. This can cause all kinds of problems, from difficulty swallowing, to pus, fever and neck pain. Luckily, we can provide swollen tonsils treatment if this does happen.

What conditions affect the tonsils?

Tonsillitis is usually the main culprit. Whether caused by bacteria or viral throat infection, symptoms include swelling, soreness and a greyish coating. Repeated bouts can occur (chronic tonsillitis). Strep throat, caused by bacteria, can also occur in the tonsils.

Of course, we’ve mentioned that some people may have larger tonsils. These come with problems of their own – namely snoring or breathing difficulties.

Effects of tonsillitis in Harley Street, London

How do you diagnose tonsillitis?

A simple swab can often suffice, but antibodies can help diagnose more difficult cases (done through a painless blood test). Often, though, it can be obvious that tonsillitis has developed from sight alone.

How do you treat tonsillitis?

Tonsillitis is a viral throat infection that will usually clear up on its own, though it can be extremely painful while it heals. Antibiotics might be recommended for a bacterial cause of tonsillitis. In repeated bouts, a tonsillectomy (tonsil removal surgery) could be an option.

What about tonsil stones?

These are hard formations that may be present on or inside the tonsils. Large tonsils, poor hygiene and chronic tonsillitis can all contribute towards these; signs include bad breath, sore throat, cough, ear pain and signs of ‘debris’ on the tonsils, amongst other factors. A tonsillectomy (tonsil removal surgery) may be recommended for severe cases.

Why Jonathan Hughes?

As an ear, nose and throat specialist, Jon Hughes is highly trained and experienced in all manner of conditions and treatments, including tonsil removal surgery. With practices in and around London, including Harley Street, he’s a trusted name with countless positive reviews and high treatment standards.

How do I book?

Contact our friendly team today and we’ll arrange a specialist ENT consultation for tonsil removal surgery or swollen tonsils treatment here in Harley Street, London.