A specialist board certified in otolaryngology in Michigan, Dr. Frank Brettschneider earned his DO from Michigan State University. Dr. Frank Brettschneider treats patients with problems such as tonsillitis at Port Huron Ear, Nose, and Throat, PC.
Sometimes, the tonsils, or the tissue in the rear of the throat, become infected, resulting in tonsillitis. The condition causes symptoms like pain, swelling, and tenderness in the throat and in nearby lymph nodes. Patients often associate tonsillitis with surgery, a treatment that was once commonly used to address the condition. These days, however, doctors reserve surgery only for those cases that recur or show resistance to more conservative therapies.
The origins of the infection can be viral or bacterial in nature. Up to 70 percent of cases originate from viruses, and the remainder originate from bacteria, usually the bacteria that cause strep throat. Moderate viral tonsillitis cases may not require medication, but doctors may prescribe antibiotics to address bacterial tonsillitis.