Acute tonsillitis is the inflammation of the tonsils which can be caused by a streptococcus microorganism. Patients who come down with acute tonsillitis experience a sore throat, chills, fever, aching muscles, and pain when they swallow.
A throat culture is taken to determine the cause of the infection before an appropriate antibiotic is prescribed to the patient. The patient is also given acetaminophen or ibuprofen to reduce the fever and the aches and pains associated with acute tonsillitis. The patient is also encouraged to use saline gargles, lozenges, and increased fluid to soothe the soreness brought on by infected tonsils. Antibiotics are only used if a bacterial infection is suspected.
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