Tonsillitis is a condition that is fairly common, but there are a lot of myths about it. It is important to clear all of the misconceptions about this condition.

Myth: No One Needs Tonsils
Fact: No one knows what tonsils do. However, experts believe that they are an important part of the immune system. They have also stated that removing the tonsils does not seem to have an adverse effect on health.

Myth: Tonsillitis is Caused by Bacteria
Fact: Tonsillitis is usually caused by mononucleosis, which is caused by the Epstein-Barr virus. This infection is typically mild, but it can be serious in adults. Tonsillitis may also be caused by the Streptococcus bacteria. It is important to have this condition treated as soon as possible because it can lead to pneumonia, ear infections and sinusitis.

Myth: Tonsillitis Only Causes a Sore Throat
Fact: Infected tonsils can result in a number of health issues including sleep apnea. This disorder has been shown to increase the risk of diabetes and heart disease. It has also been shown to increase the risk of depression and reduce performance in school. Other symptoms of tonsillitis include:

  • Swallowing problems
  • Ear pain
  • Drooling
  • Headache
  • High body temperature
  • Swollen lymph nodes

Myth: Doctors No Longer Do Tonsillectomies
Fact: If you repeatedly get tonsil infections, then you may need to get a tonsillectomy. This is one of the most-common childhood surgeries. However, the number of people getting tonsillectomies has decreased drastically over the past several years. Over 530,000 tonsillectomies are performed each year. Most people who get this procedure are under the age of 15.

If you suffer from tonsillitis, then you will need to get in touch with us for a consultation. We can decide which treatment is the best for you.