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What causes tonsillitis?

In most cases, tonsillitis is caused by a virus, such as the cold or flu. However, it can also be caused by an infection of the throat with bacteria, particularly streptococcal bacteria.

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Author: Lauren Donley BSc (Hons)
First answered: 06 Nov 2014
Last reviewed: 18 May 2018
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Category: Strep throat


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