Tonsils are lymph node tissues located on both sides of the throat, above and behind the tongue. Tonsils are part of the immune system, which helps the body fight illness. When infected, they become red and inflamed and develop a white coating. Tonsillitis, or a tonsil infection, is caused either by bacteria or a virus. A bacterial infection can be treated with antibiotics, but a viral infection must run its course without medication.

If the tonsils are regularly infected, they need to be surgically removed, via a tonsillectomy.

Signs of Bacterial Infection:

• Sore throat
• Fever
• No cough
• No cold symptoms
• Tonsils have white spots

Tip! Gargling with salt water and sipping on hot tea is an excellent home remedy for tonsillitis and sore throats.

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