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Inflammation of the red tonsils

 Inflammation of the red tonsils

Inflammation of the red tonsils


In pathology we distinguish several types of tonsillitis, among which the two most common are red tonsillitis (or erythematous dermatitis) and white tonsillitis (or bullous erythematous stomatitis).

Both types can be caused by a virus (which is the most common case) or by bacteria, it is a local infection that causes severe pain in the larynx as a result of an inflammatory reaction.

The red tonsillitis was named because of the color that appears inside the larynx at the level of the tonsils.

Tonsillitis, of all kinds, is a common and benign disease, when well treated, and affects 9 million French people a year.


The first time tonsillitis appears, you should visit a doctor who can diagnose the condition.

The first stage consists of a set of questions asked by the doctor and directed - according to clinical signs - towards the source of the inflammation, whether viral or bacterial.

If there is doubt about the bacterial source, a test known as the rapid diagnosis test can be used where the doctor holds a large tampon-like scanner and rub it on the amygdala.

Depending on the type of inflammation, the scanner reacts differently when placed with a reactant, so the doctor can tell if the inflammation is viral or caused by a bacterium and can determine the type of treatment that is most appropriate.


Red inflammation, like white inflammation, causes severe pain in the larynx especially when swallowing. We note The Color of the tonsils and pharynx red.  

Red inflammation is accompanied by fever, headache, cough, and sometimes localized adenoiditis.

If it is viral, it lasts a maximum of a week. Generally, red inflammation appears in children under the age of 15.


Treatment is not the same in the case of viral and bacterial inflammation, in the case of viral inflammation, treatment consists of drugs that combat the effect of fever and relieve pain (paracetamol, anti-inflammatories, aspirin...).

When the inflammation is bacterial, the symptoms must be treated and antibiotics taken, and it is important to continue treatment until the end, even when the symptoms disappear.

This makes the patient avoid relapse and transfer of infection to his surroundings.


Inflammation is transmitted through contact with an infected person. As with all types of transmissible and Infectious Diseases, direct contact with an infected person should be avoided.

Care should also be taken that the affected person washes his hands well and pays attention to cover his mouth and nose so as not to transmit inflammation through droplets of saliva or sneezing.






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