Tonsillitis is inflammation of the tonsils in the mouth. The tonsils are two pads of glandular tissue in your throat. Tonsillitis can be caused by bacteria or viruses.
Tonsillitis may include sore throat, white or yellow spots of pus on the tonsils, bad breath, fever, swollen lymph glands, pain when swallowing.
Tonsillectomy (removal of the tonsils). To make the decision to remove the tonsils a number of factors are taken into consideration. Most significantly in children is whether the tonsils and adenoids are resulting in sleep disordered breathing. Secondly the frequency and severity of infection are also taken into consideration. It is important to note also, removal of tonsils has been shown not to result in any long term problems relating to immunity in the patient.