What Is Tonsilitis?

By james
Reviewed: Dr. Gromatzky
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There are countless different diseases in the world, and some are more common than others. Some are so common that pretty much everybody is aware of them, and has likely even had the disease themselves. One such disease is tonsillitis, and it is very common among children especially.

It used to be almost standard procedure for people to have their tonsils removed. However, this practice is much less common because of the function of the tonsils, concerns of the use of antibiotics, and the discomfort it can cause. Tonsillitis remains a fairly common condition, and here’s more information on what it is and how it can affect us.

1. The Tonsils

Our tonsils are part of our lymphatic system. This means that they help to keep us safe from disease. They do this by helping to trap pathogens in the mouth where they can then be dealt with. This helps prevent pathogens from reaching deeper parts of the body where they might cause us harm.

The tonsils are located at the back of the mouth, with one on which side. We don’t usually notice they are even there at all. That is, of course, until something goes wrong with them. One thing that can go wrong is tonsillitis, and it is a condition that is usually very noticeable indeed.


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