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What is tonsillitis?

The tonsils form a part of the immune system and produce antibodies to fight germs that attack the mouth. The tonsils can become infected and enlarged, causing tonsillitis.

Treatment for tonsillitis?

The treatment for tonsillitis depends on the cause and severity of the condition. Your doctor will perform a throat swab to check for streptococcal bacteria, or a complete blood cell count to determine the cause of the infection. Depending on the test results, your doctor will recommend the treatment that suits you best.

What is a tonsillectomy?

Tonsillectomy is a surgery to remove the tonsils, and it may be recommended to treat chronic and recurrent tonsillitis. The benefits of having a tonsillectomy include:

  • Lowered risk of throat infections
  • Reduced need for medication such as antibiotics
  • Fewer doctor’s visits
  • Improved quality of life

When to seek treatment?

See a doctor if you have:

  • Frequent, recurring episodes of tonsillitis
  • Pain on one side of the throat
  • Sleep apnoea
  • Breathing problems resulting from swollen or enlarged tonsils

If you’re worried about the cost of surgery, Mount Elizabeth Hospital offers price guarantee for your tonsillectomy so you can budget for the procedure without any bill shock afterwards. This will give you the peace of mind you need to go ahead without any unwanted surprise fees. Learn more about Price Guarantee Procedures.

The improvement on your quality of life can be dramatic, so it’s important to prioritise treatment if you need it.


Article reviewed by Dr Ravi Seshadri, ENT Surgeon at Mount Elizabeth Hospital


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