What are the symptoms of tonsillitis?

Common symptoms of tonsillitis include:

  • a sore throat and pain when you swallow
  • red, swollen tonsils
  • fever (a temperature of 38.5°C or higher)
  • headache
  • tiredness
  • white spots or white pus on your tonsils
  • swollen 'glands' (lymph nodes) in your neck
  • pain in your ears or neck.

If your tonsillitis is caused by the flu virus, you may also have some of the symptoms of flu including a runny nose, a cough and aching muscles and limbs.

Certain symptoms are more likely to suggest a diagnosis of bacterial tonsillitis.

Read about how you can manage the symptoms of tonsillitis, and how to treat a fever.