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Tonsillitis Specialist

Pikes Peak ENT -  - Otolaryngology

Pikes Peak ENT

Otolaryngology, Head, Neck & Facial Plastic Surgery located in Colorado Springs, CO & Woodland Park, CO

Tonsillitis can become severe and lead to difficulty swallowing, a very sore throat, and serious earaches. Because tonsillitis can progress quickly and can continue coming back if it’s not properly treated, board-certified specialists Michael Wilhelm, MD, and Luke Arnholt, MD, at Pikes Peak ENT provide both conservative and surgical treatment options. Book your tonsillitis evaluation at either of the two locations in Colorado Springs, or the office in Woodland Park, Colorado, by clicking on the online scheduler. You can also call the location nearest you to speak with a team member.

Tonsillitis Q & A

What causes tonsillitis?

Your tonsils are essential for producing white blood cells to ward off infections and keep you healthy. They’re responsible for combating bacteria and viruses that sneak in through your nose and mouth. In some cases though, the foreign invaders are too much for your tonsils to handle. 

Most cases of tonsillitis stem from a viral infection, which are often the same viruses that cause a cold. But about 15-30% of tonsillitis cases stem from a bacterial infection, such as strep throat.

In either case, the infection-causing germs are highly contagious. You may have become infected with the viral or bacterial organisms if an infected person sneezed near you and you breathed in the droplets, or if you shared a beverage or food with someone who has strep throat or tonsillitis. 

Tonsillitis most commonly affects children because germs spread so easily during play and their immune systems aren’t fully developed. But tonsillitis can certainly affect adults, too. 

What are the symptoms of tonsillitis?

Tonsillitis can be acute (10 days or less), chronic (over 10 days), or recurrent (more than five infections annually). In any case, symptoms are similar. The team at Pikes Peak ENT finds that tonsillitis often leads to:

  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Raw and tender throat
  • Neck stiffness 
  • Stomachache
  • Bad breath 
  • Jaw pain 
  • Earaches 
  • Fever 
  • Chills 

You may also notice that your tonsils are red, swollen, and covered in white pus. If any of these tonsillitis symptoms are affecting you, contact Pikes Peak ENT right away for an evaluation. 

How is tonsillitis treated?

Treating tonsillitis depends on the severity of your symptoms, as well as your history of tonsilitis. Your dedicated physician at Pikes Peak ENT evaluates you and runs some labs to confirm the cause of your tonsillitis. Depending on the results of your evaluation, your doctor may recommend:

  • Antibiotics (for bacterial infections)
  • Intravenous (IV) fluids (for dehydration)
  • Pain relievers or fever reducers

If you have a severe case of tonsillitis or recurring tonsillitis, surgery may be necessary. This procedure, known as a tonsillectomy, involves removing your tonsils entirely. 

While Pikes Peak ENT typically provides tonsillectomy procedures on an outpatient basis, it can still take at least a week or two to recover. The dedicated team cares for you — or your child — every step of the way to help you heal after a tonsillectomy.

Pikes Peak ENT can help you recover from agonizing tonsillitis symptoms. Find out which treatment is right for you by booking an exam online or over the phone with any location.