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Symptoms and Causes of Chronic Tonsillitis

Chronic snoring results from any of a variety of issues, one of which may be tonsillitis. Chronic tonsillitis involves the swelling of the tonsils, which are two lumps of tissue located at the back of the throat. This can constrict the throat, restricting airflow and causing snoring.

A variety of treatment options are available to treat chronic tonsillitis, one of which is a laser tonsillectomy provided by The Snoring Center.

Chronic Tonsillitis Defined

Tonsillitis is defined as the inflammation of the tonsils due to a bacterial or viral infection. At times, this may occur only once, in which case it’s called acute tonsillitis. However, if it occurs frequently or if the tonsils remain inflamed over a long period of time, it’s classified as chronic tonsillitis. In some cases, the infection is restricted to the tonsils, but in others, it may spread to other areas in the throat, including the adenoids behind the soft palate.

Causes and Symptoms of Tonsillitis

As stated before, chronic tonsillitis is caused by an infection. Normally, the tonsils prevent bacteria and viruses from infecting the throat and lungs, but they may be overwhelmed. Infections may be either bacterial or viral, and include:

  • Streptococcus (strep)
  • Influenza (flu)
  • Parainfluenza
  • Adenoviruses
  • Epstein-Barr
  • Herpes simplex
  • Enteroviruses

Once infected, the tonsils swell, causing discomfort and pain. Other symptoms of chronic tonsillitis include:

  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Sore throat
  • Hoarseness
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Bad breath
  • Snoring
  • Blisters or ulcers in the throat
  • Redness of the tonsils
  • Yellow or white coating of the tonsils
  • Headache
  • Ear pain
  • Lost appetite

Children may also experience stomach pain or vomiting. If left untreated, tonsil stones may develop. If you notice these symptoms, seeking treatment can bring swift, lasting relief.

Treatment Options – Contact The Snoring Center

If your tonsillitis is caused by a bacterial infection, antibiotics may help. However, a viral infection cannot be treated by antibiotics, and recurring tonsillitis may necessitate other measures.

Traditionally, chronic tonsillitis is treated with a tonsillectomy, in which the tonsils are cut out of the throat. This is a painful surgery, resulting in several days of painful recovery.

Modern laser technology makes treating chronic tonsillitis much faster and comfortable. The Snoring Center provides a laser tonsil ablation procedure in which a laser is used to vaporize the outer surface of the tonsils. This reduces the size of the tonsil and removes infection. Recovery from a laser tonsillectomy is quick—most of our patients go back to their normal lives the next day.

If chronic tonsillitis is causing you grief day and night, contact the dedicated doctors at The Snoring Center today to discuss your treatment options.

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