The tonsils form a part of the immune system and produce antibodies to fight germs that attack the mouth. The tonsils can become infected and enlarged, causing tonsillitis. There are 2 types of tonsillitis:
- Acute tonsillitis, which refers to the occasional tonsil infection
- Recurrent tonsillitis, which refers to recurring tonsil infections
If you are having an infected or inflamed tonsil, you may notice that your throat is red, and tonsils are covered in a whitish or yellow coating. You may also have chronic sleep apnoea related to enlarged tonsils or snoring that disrupts your sleep.