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Tonsillitis - what are the most common complications

Tonsillitis - what are the most common complications

Małgorzata Kruk (MPharm)

Many people treat tonsillitis as a trivial common cold in autumn, avoiding a visit to a physician and refusing to use strong antibiotics. Such actions will, unfortunately, lead to no good.

Tonsillitis is a bacterial (much less frequently a viral) throat infection easy to diagnose and treat but its complications may be very difficult to overcome. When the inflammation of tonsils is improperly treated – medications for the common cold are used or the therapy ordered by the physician is not completed – the risk of complications from tonsillitis increases.
The most common complications from tonsillitis include:
inflammation of the middle ear,
sinusitis,
meningitis,
pneumonia,
myocarditis,
arthritis,
dermatitis,
glomerulonephritis,
hypertrophy of tonsils.
Therefore, to prevent dangerous complications from tonsillitis, as soon as you notice that you, or your relatives, have the characteristic symptoms of the condition, visit a physician who will diagnose the disease properly and order an effective treatment.

This information is provided for your reference only and it is not to be relied upon on its own as instructions for use of this medication. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Other than liability for death or personal injury arising out of our negligence, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise.

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