What are the Possible Complications of Tonsillitis?

Q:
What are the possible complications of tonsillitis?

A:
Inflammation or swelling of the tonsils from frequent or ongoing (chronic) tonsillitis can cause complications such as:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Disrupted breathing during sleep (obstructive sleep apnea)
  • Infection that spreads deep into surrounding tissue (tonsillar cellulitis)
  • Infection that results in a collection of pus behind a tonsil (peritonsillar abscess)

 

Prompt treatment of tonsillitis is very important for preventing the complications.

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