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A 31-year-old male asked:

what's the difference between tonsillitis and sore throat?

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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
TONSILITIS CAN CAUSE: A sore throat, not all sore throats are due to tonsilitis.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Not much: The tonsils are glandular structures located on both sides of the back of the mouth. Tonsillitis would be any issue that triggered these to become irritated/inflamed. The throat is a generic label for all structures lining the swallowing & breathing entry. It can be sore.You can remove the tonsils, making the label tonsillitis impossible. However, many people use the labels interchangeably.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

Symptoms of tonsillitis sore throat tonsillitis?

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Dr. Aruna Adaikkalam
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
Possible: Sore throat could be from few possibilities-pharyngitis, tonsillitis/abscess, spine infections from the neck spine projection into pharyngeal space , retropharyngeal lymphnode- nodes behind the pharynx geting infected and cause inflammation /abscess involving the lymphnodes , adenoids infection which is lymphoid tissue behind the naso in the space called naso pharynx , layngitis, sinusitis drainage.
A 40-year-old member asked:

How do a sore throat and tonsillitis differ?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Differences: The throat can be sore for a number of reasons. The tonsils are rounded glands where the mouth and the throat meet. The tonsils may or may not be inflammed with a sore throat. Tonsillitis is inflammation of the tonsils (might be due to infection). If tonsils are really inflammed than it is likely that they will be sore.
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A 20-year-old female asked:

How does eating ice cubes or ice cream and drinking cold beverages cause tonsillitis or sore throat?

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Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 36 years experience
It doesn't: There's no connection.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me is a sore throat a symptom of tonsilitis?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Yes, most : People with tonsillitis experience a sore throat.
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A 20-year-old female asked:

What is the difference between a sore throat and tonsillitis ?

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Dr. Stephen Rothstein
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Throat: May be the same thing. Tonsilltis is infection of the tonsil.Pharyngitis is infection of the the pharynx but both are called a sore throat. There are other causes of a sore throat such as acid reflux

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