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Identifying early signs of tonsillitis

Tonsillitis is often perceived as a nuisance type disease - not too serious, and self limiting.

However, those who suffer with it recurrently may have encountered some of the more serious complications - either formation of a peri-tonsillar abscess (known as quinsy) or, worse still, systemic streptococcal disease brought on by the initial tonsillitis. The latter disease is usually caused by Beta-haemolytic streptococcus, and usually group A rather than group B. These bugs can be grown from a throat swab taken from the surface of the infected tonsils.

Consequences of systemic group B Beta-haemolytic streptococcal infection include rheumatic heart disease and glomerulonephritis (kidney disease that may cause complete kidney failure and require dialysis).

Thankfully this group of streptococci are usually sensitive to penicillin derived antibiotics, which if given early enough can stop permanent heart or kidney damage.

For more issues related to tonsils and tonsillectomy, try our Tonsils Frequently Asked Questions page.

To gain a broader understanding of Tonsil related treatments click here

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Mike Dilkes is a leading ENT surgeon based in London. He specialises in laser surgery for treatment of a range of Ear, Nose & Throat issues including tonsillitis, tonsil stones, snoring, sleep apnoea, cancers, catarrh and allergies. Typical treatments include laser tonsillectomy under local anaesthetic (also called tonsillotomy, tonsil resurfacing, tonsil crytolysis) or general anaesthetic (also called intracapsular laser tonsillectomy, inside-out laser tonsillectomy), palatoplasty, septoplasty, turbinoplasty, uvulectomy and posterior turbinoplasty for post nasal drip. Principal Mike Dilkes has over 20 years of consultancy experience and around 5,000 ENT operations and procedures performed.