Almost every time we go to see a doctor when we suspect that we suffer from some infection or simply the flu, the doctor examines out throat. There are two types of lymphatic tissues: the tonsils and adenoids. We all have two tonsils located on the both sides of the throat. They are oval in shape. On the other side, the adenoids are placed high in the throat, behind the nose and uvula. The tonsils, as well as adenoids, assist our immune system by secreting mucous, which serves as antibodies to fight against the viruses and bacteria that penetrate into the body via mouth and sinuses.
Pus on tonsils
However, when a bacterial infection occurs, the tonsils may secrete excessive mucous. As a consequence, pus on tonsils forms. When it happens, the affected person may experience pain and can be very irritated by this condition. Therefore, pus on tonsils is not a disease, but a warning sign of some tonsil inflammation or infection.
In the majority of cases, tonsillitis is responsible for the appearance of pus on the tonsils. It is a condition marked by the inflamed tonsils due to certain bacteria or virus. The most common symptoms of tonsillitis are sore throat, which can appear suddenly or gradually, and fever. Due to the inflammation, the surface of the tonsils turns brightly red, and grayish-white layer appears. Severe tonsillitis causes foul smelling and painful tonsil stones that can cause bad breath.
The streptococcus bacteria are responsible for the occurrence of sore throat. This infection further causes pus on the tonsils. The bacteria streptococci and staphylococci may affect the surrounding tissues of the tonsils and cause cellulitis. When this condition is not treated, pus accumulates behind or next to the tonsils and causes tonsillar abscess marked by painful swallowing. This condition can also be caused by common cold and influenza. Moreover, unhygienic living conditions, excessive consummation of refined foods such as sugar, tea, coffee, fried foods, may also be potential cause for this condition.
Symptoms of pus on tonsils
Pus on tonsils is only a symptom of one of the above mentioned tonsils infection or inflammation. It is usually accompanied by several other symptoms, such as painful swallowing or talking, swollen and painful lymph nodes in the neck and red inflamed tonsils. Furthermore, foul smelling breath, chills and fever, as well as weakness and fatigue, may also accompany pus on tonsils.