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What is Chronic Tonsillitis?

Description of the disease

Chronic tonsillitis is an inflammation of the tonsils that lasts for more than 12 weeks and is characterized by periodic exacerbations. This is a problem that can seriously affect the patient's quality of life, causing various unpleasant symptoms.


  • Catarrhal tonsillitis
  • Follicular tonsillitis
  • Lacunar tonsillitis
  • Fibrinous tonsillitis


  • Sore throat
  • Feeling of a lump in the throat
  • Pain when swallowing
  • Fever
  • Enlargement of lymph nodes on the neck


Chronic tonsillitis can be caused by a bacterial or viral infection. Risk factors also include weakened immune system, poor nutrition, inadequate rest, and adverse environmental conditions.


To diagnose chronic tonsillitis, a doctor examines the throat, additional swab analysis from the tonsils may be prescribed.


Treatment may include taking antibiotics, rinsing the tonsils, physiotherapy. In case of frequent exacerbations, removal of the tonsils may be necessary.


  • Supporting the immune system
  • Proper nutrition
  • Avoiding hypothermia


Chronic tonsillitis is treated by an otolaryngologist.

Note: This material is provided for informational purposes only and is not medical advice.