Are strep throat and tonsillitis the same thing?
Strep throat is usually characterized by pain and swelling in the throat, chills, fever, bad breath and swollen lymph nodes. These symptoms are caused by infection of the throat with Streptococcal bacteria. When the tonsils are also infected, the resulting inflammation is referred to as tonsillitis. So although strep throat and tonsillitis are technically different conditions, they can occur together and are often caused by the same infection.
Author: Lauren Donley
First answered: 06 Nov 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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