Apart from the typical symptoms of temperature, sore throat, malaise, and potential dehydration, abscesses can form in or behind the tonsil (Quinsy). Scarlet fever is a skin rash secondary to streptococcus bacteria.

Rheumatic fever is less common these days but can potentially damage the heart. Febrile convulsions are not uncommon with the main cause being recurring tonsillitis. Repeated infections can also progress to chronic tonsillitis with a sickly child with failure to thrive.

The next blog will be, “How are the tonsils and adenoids removed?”

3D Medical Illustration of Tonsils