North Little Rock ENT On Recognizing Tonsillitis

Tonsillitis refers to inflammation of the pharyngeal tonsils (glands at the back of the throat, visible through the mouth). The inflammation may involve other areas of the back of the throat, including the adenoids and the lingual tonsils (tonsil tissue at the back of the tongue). There are several variations of tonsillitis: acute, recurrent, and chronic tonsillitis, and peritonsillar abscess. Viral or bacterial infections and immunologic factors lead to tonsillitis and its complications. Nearly all children in the United States experience at least one episode of tonsillitis. Due to improvements in medical and surgical treatments, complications associated with tonsillitis, including mortalit

The Basics of Tonsils and Adenoids from a Little Rock ENT

Tonsils and adenoids are the body’s first line of defense as part of the immune system. They “sample” bacteria and viruses entering the body through the mouth or nose, but they sometimes become infected. Sometimes, they become more of a liability than an asset and may even cause airway obstruction or repeated bacterial infections. The ear, nose, and throat specialists (ENT) at Arkansas Otolaryngology Center can suggest the best treatment options. Our ENTs in Little Rock, North Little Rock, and Benton explain tonsils and adenoids, and what affects their health. What are tonsils and adenoids? Tonsils and adenoids are similar to the lymph nodes or “glands” found in the neck, groin, and armpits

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