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What is the Difference Between Tonsillitis and Tonsil Stones

Updated on July 18, 2011

Difference Between Tonsillitis and Tonsil Stones

On this page you are going to find out what the difference is between the condition tonsillitis and tonsil stones. I don't blame you, the two conditions are very simillar and this article will sort things out.


Caused by a Virus or Bacteria

Tonsillitis is when your tonsils swell up because of a viral or bacterial infection. The tonsils often become enlarged and/or red and it is often difficult to swallow. It is also common that white goo cover the tonsils. This goo is actually the by-product of the tonsils fighting the infection. It consists of dead bacteria and viruses as well as antibodies.

Symptoms of tonsillitis besides red and swollen tonsils, and difficult swallowing often include:

  • Stiff neck
  • ´╗┐Headache
  • Sore eyes
  • Body aches
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Painful swallowing

Tonsillitis often recuire penicillin to be treated effectively, especially´╗┐ if the infection is caused by bacteria.

Tonsil Stones

Caused by Dirty Lymph Fluid

Tonsil stones are caused by dirty lymph fluid, and not food particles that many people tend to believe. The tonsils are in fact an organ of elimination and tonsil stones are the result of that elimination.

Tonsil stones tend to form when there is much dirt to clean in the lymph fluid plus when the tonsils are under active. The by-product then becomes hard and be difficult to get out.

Tonsil stones can be caused by many different things. Many are lifestyle related. For example, Eating refined foods and excesses of sugar can produce these stones. All conditions which contribute in increasing particles in the lymph fluid can cause tonsil stones. Here are some more causes:

  • Stress
  • Allergy
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Alcohol
  • Post nasal drip
  • Diary products

Tonsil stones can be harder to get rid of since they are often lifestyle related. If you want to know more about tonsil stones then read the following page, tonsil stone causes.

The symptoms of tonsil stones can be similar to tonsillitis, such as swollen tonsils and difficult swallowing. However, when the stones are removed the symptoms often disappear within a day or so.

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