Tonsillitis (acute infection of the tonsils) is primarily a children’s disease. Sometimes adults get sick, too, and the symptoms are very similar to flu symptoms, so patients may assume that they “got flu ”. If you feel a general malaise, if your throat is sore and your head hurts, if you feel warm in one moment and cold in other, inspect the throat. If your tonsils are red, inflamed and enlarged, you probably have tonsillitis.
What to do?
Stay in bed a day or two, take one to two aspirin every 4 hours and drink lots of liquid. Contact your doctor if a sore throat and fever persists for more than 48 hours. In some cases, your doctor will prescribe a course of antibiotics.